Rory McIlroy's Dad Cashes $340,000 Ticket Gambling on His Then-Teenage Son
As parents, true belief in your child is a difficult thing to quantify.
Best bet ever or BEST BET EVER!
As parents, if our children have hopes and dreams, we outwardly believe in them and we encourage them unconditionally to chase those dreams until society, an employer or the authorities tell them not to.
But what if we had to put our hard-earned money where our hearts and mouths are? Would we be as steadfast?
In America, it's never come to that. We can't bet on our kids (sadly). However, overseas, you can apparently express and quantify your convictions via that most clarifying of routes -- the futures bet!
This apparently is occurs with regularity over in Europe, where it's tradition for many fathers to bet on their sons scoring a goal in the World Cup by age whatever, or in the case of Gerry McIlroy, father of 2014 British Open champion Rory McIlroy, betting on his son to win the Open Championship before he turns 26.
Yes, this happened, and yes, it appears Gerry McIlroy is going to cash in!
According to a story that made the rounds on several outlets this weekend, the elder McIlroy placed a £400 wager when Rory was 15 years old, split four ways with three of his buddies, that his son would win the Open Championship (that's European for what we like to call the British Open) before he turned 26.
Here, courtesy of the BBC's Andrew Cotter's Twitter feed, is an overview and confirmation from Rory McIlroy himself:
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
Ok - apparently I have to say it again - the bet still stands for this year. Checked with the man leading the Open.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
And no, he doesn't need the money, but friends might welcome it. Anyway, just a nice side-story.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014