The £200 bet was placed in 2004 and stipulated that Rory must win the award within ten years. As such there was double delight on Sunday for Gerry as he watched his son deservedly win the Claret Jug and therein earned a small fortune himself.
The Mcllroy’s were not the only ones jumping for joy however; two of Gerry’s friends also placed a similar bet and won £80,000 from the bookmakers Ladbrokes.
A representative of Ladbrokes, Jessica Bridge, stated how it became the bookie’s ‘most expensive’ Open result since 2006.
“This is the most expensive Open result since Tiger’s heyday in 2006 but although we’re facing heavy losses we can’t help but admire the foresight of Rory’s dad and his pals a decade ago,”, she elaborated.
“As the family celebrations get underway there’ll be an extra bottle or two of bubbly courtesy of the bookies”, added Bridge.
Rory Mcllroy is now the even money favourite to take home the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award. Whether or not Gerry has any money riding on that, we’ll have to wait and see.