McIlroy Snr hoping to cash in on old wager
Published 14/07/2011 | 05:00
ONE local bookmaker in Holywood will be biting his nails if Rory McIlroy finds himself with a chance of winning the British Open.
Seven years ago, he gave Gerry McIlroy and three pals odds of 500/1 against Rory, then just 15, claiming the Claret Jug before age 25. So, they invested £400 and will collect £200,000 if he does the trick. When asked if his dad's wager meant added pressure, Rory grinned: "Nah, he's got money."
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WHAT do McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jose Maria Olazabal and Hall Sutton have in common? They all won the silver medal for leading amateur at the British Open before going on to become Major-winners.
Sutton, the top amateur at Sandwich in 1981, was the first to record the double when he won the US PGA four years later. Olazabal also won his medal at Royal St George's (in '85) and then won The Masters twice. McIlroy, then 18, was leading amateur at Carnoustie four years ago. Tiger won the silver medal at Lytham & St Anne's in '96 and The Masters 266 days later.