Rory McIlroy’s six-shot lead heading into the final round of The Open on Sunday means he is on the verge of collecting a third Major and bouncing back to the upper echelons of golf after his split from Caroline Wozniacki.
It also means, however, that his family are on the verge of a windfall of their own, even if not quite as lucrative as McIlroy’s winner’s cheque would be.
According to BBC journalist Andrew Cotter, McIlroy’s father Gerry along with three friends made a legal bet that Rory would win The Open before he turned 26.
The bet was made 10 years ago when the Northern Irishman was a teenage prodigy, and saw each of the four gentlemen stake £100 each for a total of £400 invested in the wager.
Provided Rory does not suffer a monumental disaster on Sunday, he will carry out the bet at 25 years, two months and 16 days old, in his father and friends’ final chance to see a return on that particular slip.
Cotter confirmed that while the fine print of the bet stated McIlroy would win the title by the time he was 25, anything before his 26th birthday will count as a winner.
So just to confirm - 10 yrs ago Gerry McIlroy & three friends put £400 at 500-1 on 15 year-old Rory to win The Open before he turned 26.
— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
The tweet garnered reaction from names across sport and sports broadcasting including Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, though the award for 'best reply' goes to Paddy Power...
McIlroy won his first major, the US Open, at the age of 22 and followed that up with his second major at the PGA Championship the following year.
He went winless in majors in 2013, but is poised to take the third leg of a grand slam on Sunday with a six-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler at Royal Liverpool.
All that would leave for McIlroy is that immortal green jacket at The Masters. And for now, only time will tell if his old man stuck a cheeky wager of some sort on that coming to pass, too…
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