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Dad's 10-year wager pays off after Rory McIlroy win

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:18 AM
 
Gerry McIlroy (right) was £100,000 (S$212,000) richer on Sunday following his son Rory's two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool. -- PHOTO: AFP

HOYLAKE, England (REUTERS) - Gerry McIlroy was £100,000 (S$212,000) richer on Sunday following his son Rory's two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Ladbrokes said in a news release that Gerry had placed a 500-1 bet on his son a decade ago to land the coveted Claret Jug within 10 years.

"Although we're facing heavy losses, we can't help but admire the foresight of Rory's dad and his pals a decade ago," added a spokesman for the British bookmaker.

Two friends of Rory's father also collected nearly £80,000 from a similar wager.

 
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