Gerry McIlroy, golf superstar Rory McIlroy’s father, just made more money off of The Open Championship than a lot of the PGA tour players competing in it after winning a bet he placed on his son a decade ago.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Bet 500/1 Odds Rory Would Win the Open Championship Before He Was 26
Gerry McIlroy, a bartender in Belfast, Ireland, placed a $270 bet on his son that he would win the Open Championship before he turned 26 years old. His instincts were right, and now he will cash in about $171,000, reports the Guardian, after Rory won his third Major Championship.
2. He Made the Bet in 2004
McIlroy made the bet back in 2004 when Rory was just 15 years old. His vote of confidence has paid off big time as he collects a bigger check after The Open Championship than Tiger Woods did this year.
3. His 2 Other Friends Placed Smaller Bets on Rory
4. He Used to Work 100 Hours a Week to Fund Rory’s Golf
McIlroy worked extremely hard to make Rory’s dreams come true. Born and raised in Belfast, a rougher part of Northern Ireland, McIlroy worked over 100 hours a week to support Rory’s amateur tournament fees. Without the money, Rory could not have competed.
Gerry McIlroy said of the work:
“From 12pm to 6pm I was a bartender at Holywood Golf Club, then, after going home for tea, I’d return to the sports club from 7pm-midnight to work behind the bar. I am a working-class man and that’s all I knew – to get the money we needed for Rory to be able to learn and compete at golf.”
5. Rory Bought His Parents a House
Rory told The Guardian:
I’ll never be able to repay Mum and Dad for what they did, but at least they know they’ll never have to work another day. I’ll do whatever it takes to look after them.”