Rory's dad looks to collect $342K if son wins


HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy isn’t the only member of his family eyeing a big payday on Sunday at Hoylake.

McIlroy’s father, Gerry, reportedly made a bet when Rory was 15 years old that he would win the Open Championship before he turned 26. According to Brian Keogh with, who confirmed the wager with the Northern Irishman’s manager, the older McIlroy pooled 400 pounds (about $680) with three friends for the bet that offered 500-to-1 odds.

Gerry McIlroy stands to win $342,000 if Rory, who leads by six strokes at Royal Liverpool, claims the claret jug.