Ten years ago Rory McIlroy's dad Gerry had an inkling about his son's golfing ability.
Fast forward to the present, and the younger McIlroy earned a wire-to-wire win at the British Open. He also earned his dad — and his dad's friends — a six-figure pay day in the process, and proved his father's fortune telling abilities to be accurate.
That's because Gerry, according to the BBC's Andrew Cotter, placed a bet a decade ago that his son would win the Claret Jug by age 26 (McIlroy is 25).
So just to confirm - 10 yrs ago Gerry McIlroy & three friends put £400 at 500-1 on 15 year-old Rory to win The Open before he turned 26.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
Yes, it was by the age of 25. So I asked the man himself. This year still counts.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
According to ESPN, Gerry put up £200 ($341 US) at 500:1 odds, meaning he cashed in on $171,000 for his son's victory.
But he wasn't the only one to show his confidence in the (at the time) 15-year-old. Two of Gerry's friends also put up money on Rory, ESPN reported. They wagered £200 each at 150:1 odds, earning a combined payout of $136,700 US.