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Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, his dad wins more than $85,000


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Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, his dad wins more than $85,000

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 21, 2014

Rory McIlroy, 25, won the British Open by two shots on Sunday, and his father won more than $85,000 since his son won. That's right, Mcllroy's father bet on his son to win -- a decade ago!

In 2004, "Gerry [Mcllroy] staked £200 at odds of 500-1 that his son, then aged 15, would win the Claret Jug within the next 10 years, including 2014," reports BBC. "The winnings will be split with a friend who provided half the stake."

"A third punter from McIlroy's hometown, Holywood in Northern Ireland, made £50,000 after betting £200 at 250-1 that McIlroy would win the Open by 50," BBC further reports.

According to BBC, "Nine out of 10 times, these bets come to nothing, but on this occasion the punters definitely knew more than we did," Jessica Bridge, spokeswoman for bookmakers Ladbrokes, said in a statement. "And we can only doff our cap to their confidence and foresight."


Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.