It was a big day for the McIlroy family.
According to Andrew Cotter of BBC, Rory McIlroy's father, Gerry, placed a bet in 2004 that his son would win the British Open before he turned 26 years old. A spokesperson for British betting firm Ladbrokes told Rachel Bridge of ESPN.com on Sunday that two other bets were made in 2005 by people believed to be Gerry's friends. According to Bridge, Gerry wagered 200 pounds at 500/1 odds while his friends bet 200 pounds at 250/1 odds for Rory to win the British Open by 2015 and another 200 pounds at 150/1 odds for McIlroy to win the tournament before age 50.
Their confidence in Rory paid off.
CONGRATULATIONS RORY: We're paying out 180k to Rory's Dad and pals. There'll be some party at the McIlroy's tonight! pic.twitter.com/wOG7vvIygd
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) July 20, 2014
McIlroy, 25, went on to win the British Open on Sunday without ever surrendering the lead or tying throughout the four rounds. Bridge reported after McIlroy's victory that Gerry will win $171,000 for his bet and his friends will win a total of $136,700 for the other two.
As for the star golfer out of Northern Ireland, the prize money for the British Open championship is $1,665,933. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.