For his two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at the Open Championship on Sunday, Rory McIlroy earned a winner's check of $1.66 million. His father, Gerry McIlroy, cashed in too, outearning most of the golfers in the field, including Tiger Woods.
You may have heard of the £400 (now $680) bet Gerry McIlroy placed on son Rory 10 years ago to win the British Open before the age of 26.
In case you missed it, Gerry and his three partners got 500-1 odds on their prescient wager — he will cash in for £200,000. That £200,000 is worth $341,730 in American cash. Let’s say Gerry gets a quarter share of the winnings –- that’s a cool $85,432.50.
Which brings us back to Tiger Woods. Tiger shot 75 Sunday and finished alone in 69th place. Based on last year’s purse, Tiger would have had to make a move near the top 15 to cash a check equal to Gerry McIlroy’s payout.
So there you have it — it will be a dual celebration at the McIlroy home tonight. And you can bet on that.