Joy turns to despair as punter misses out on £50,000 windfall

Ladbrokes betting shop
Ladbrokes betting shop

An Ulster punter has missed out on a ‘major’ windfall following Rory McIlroy’s triumph at The Open championship.

Back in 2005, Ken Black heard about an unusual bet placed by the dad of the then 15-year-old junior golf champion.

Gerry McIlroy had contacted Ladbrokes in December 2004 and requested odds on his son winning The Open within 10 years – with a cut-off date of December 31, 2014. He duly staked £200 at 500/1 winning £100,000.

Mr Black bet £50 at 1,000/1 on Rory to win The Open before his 25th birthday (May 2014). Earlier this week he told a local radio station he thought he had a winning docket.

A Ladbrokes spokeswoman said: “The bet is therefore a losing bet and we will keep Ken’s £50.”