Monday 22 December 2014

Dad's bet pays out

Published 21/07/2014 | 02:30

Q RORY McIlroy's father Gerry picked up a €252,000 jackpot following his son's victory at the British Open at Hoylake.

Ten years ago, McIlroy Snr and three of his friends pooled together a £400 bet that then 15-year-old Rory would win the Open before he turned 26.

The odds were stacked against them at 500/1, but their faith in Rory's talent and ability paid off with each of the men standing to receive €63,000.

"I don't think it matters so much to my dad any more," McIlroy said after being named the British Open Champion.

"But the three mates he made it with will certainly be happy." McIlroy himself picked up a €1.23m cheque.

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CAROLINE WINS TOO

Q RORY McIlroy wasn't the only sports star lifting silverware yesterday - his ex Caroline Wozniacki also clocked up the latest title of her career.

The 24-year-old Danish tennis star clinched the WTA Istanbul Cup in a straight sets victory over Italian Roberta Vinci. It was her 35th career Women's Tennis Association final and the first of 2014.

As her ex-fiancee was sealing off an historic third Major, Caroline took to Twitter to share a picture of her lifting her latest trophy.

She wrote: "Woohoo! Title number 22! So excited."

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