The wager placed on Rory McIlroy winning The Open before he turned 26 has produced one of the biggest known payouts on a father-son bet.
Gerry McIlroy staked £200, at odds of 500/1, in December 2004 that Rory would win golf’s greatest prize within 10 years. Yesterday, a Ladbrokes’ spokeswoman confirmed the £100,000 windfall.
“Before that it was Lewis Hamilton’s dad, friends and family who placed wagers for Lewis to win the driver’s championship and that cost us £125,000 – placed when Lewis was just nine-years-old.”
She added: “A friend of Gerry’s placed a bet in 2005, at 250/1, for Rory to win The Open before he was 50, that has returned £50,000.”
Similar bets by two other friends brought the total Ladbrokes’ payout to £180,000.