Thursday 18 January 2018

Bookmakers find going rough as punters win big

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

WHILE Rory McIlroy may be €1.4m richer following his US Open win, one Dublin punter had their own reason to celebrate after pocketing a tidy €36,000.

The canny golf fan bet €2,000 at odds of 18/1 a week ago that McIlroy would emerge victorious at Congressional. And their faith paid off handsomely. Bookmakers Paddy Power paid out a total of €1.7m following the Northern Ireland player's historic win.

While winning the US Open was the realisation of a lifetime's ambition for McIlroy, for Boylesports it was a costly end to the prestigious tournament. "It was a terrible result for the bookies. In the end it cost us €200,000," said a spokesperson. "McIlroy was heavily backed in the live betting throughout the tournament."

One far-sighted member of McIlroy's local golf club in Holywood, Co Down, netted £25,000 (€28,285) after some years ago betting £50 at odds of 500/1 that the then teenage prodigy would win a major before reaching his 25th birthday.

Meanwhile, McIlroy's proud father, Gerry, will have an extra reason to cheer on his son at the British Open next month. He and four friends banded together several years ago to bet £500 (€566) on the talented young golfer lifting the famed Claret Jug before the age of 25.

Irish Independent

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