Sport Golf

Friday 13 December 2019

Rory McIlroy's father Gerry stands to win £100,000 if Rory wins Open Championship

Rory McIlroy and his father Gerry McIlroy pose with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional in 2011
Rory McIlroy and his father Gerry McIlroy pose with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional in 2011

Rory McIlroy can win £975,000 with victory in the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on Sunday, but his father would also have another reason to celebrate.

Ten years ago 25-year-old McIlroy's dad Gerry and three friends each placed a £100 bet at odds of 500/1 that his son would become Open champion before he turned 26.

The Northern Irishman has won each of his two majors by eight shots, the first in the US Open at Congressional in 2011 and the second in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island the following year.

However, in 2011 McIlroy also took a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters at Augusta before collapsing to a closing 80, while he himself won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this year from seven shots behind with 18 holes remaining.

Who is your sportstar of the year?

Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.

Prizes include, tickets to Ireland's against Scotland in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

Simply click here to register your vote

Online Editors

The Left Wing: John Cooney on Ulster's European run and bouncing back from World Cup disappointment

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport