CONGRATULATIONS RORY: We're paying out 180k to Rory's Dad and pals. There'll be some party at the McIlroy's tonight! pic.twitter.com/wOG7vvIygd— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) July 20, 2014
A spokesperson for British betting firm Ladbrokes confirmed on Sunday afternoon that it had held three bets that will allow Rory McIlroy's father Gerry and his friends to make more than $300,000 off his son's victory at Hoylake. Ladbrokes' Rachel Bridge told ESPN.com that one bet -- believed to be made by McIlroy's father -- was a 200-pound wager ($341) at 500/1 odds placed in 2004 for his son to win within 10 years. That bet will pay out $171,000.
Thats right.. McIlroy's dad bet on his son 10 years ago and the bet paid off with the win yesterday!
The bets are called special odds requests. People in Europe frequently call bookmakers like Ladbrokes to place a bet on their offspring winning some major sporting event. Bridge said the firm takes more than 300 of these bets a year and that one bet usually comes through every couple of years. The big last one that paid off before today? When Lewis Hamilton was nine, friends and family placed a wager of under 100 pounds that he would one day win a Formula One race and also win the F1 championship. When Hamilton did both, the group collected roughly 125,000 pounds ($213,000), Bridge said.