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Betting Stories: When Rory Mcllroy's Dad bagged 100k at The Open

Rory has not won a major since 2014, but is favourite to lift the Claret Jug in 2022
Rory has not won a major since 2014, but is favourite to lift the Claret Jug in 2022
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The 150th Open Championship takes place at the home of golf this week as the British Isles basks in its annual one week heatwave. It looks set to be a scorcher up in Scotland and ahead of the tournament we’ve taken a look back to when Rory Mcllroy’s dad landed himself a six figure bet back in 2014. 

Many parents dream of their children becoming successful athletes and winning personal accolades, but not quite as many had as much faith in their child as Rory Mcllroy’s father Gerry. 

Back in 2005 Mr Gerry McIlroy, was a bar steward in Belfast and placed a £200 bet on his 15-year-old son Rory, to win The Open Championship before the time he turned 26. Ladbrokes had offered odds of 500/1 on his son to lift the Claret Jug in the next 11 years, but it wasn’t just Gerry who had taken a punt on young Rory as in fact his friends had placed similar bets at 250/1 and 150/1 which would go on to cost the bookmaker a further £80,000. 

The Open Odds

On that famous Sunday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Rory went on to win the tournament by two shots, beating Ricky Fowler and Sergio Garcia in second and third. When interviewed that evening and asked about the bet that his dad had placed a decade ago, Rory stated 

“I don’t think it matters to him that much any more, but the mates he did it with, I think they’re a little happier”.


It wasn’t the first time that a famous parent had taken Ladbrokes to the cleaners either, with Lewis Hamilton’s dad Richard Hopkins placing a series of bets on his son both to become a World Champion (500/1) and to win an F1 race by the age of 23 (200/1). 

Rory McIlroy has not won a major since back in 2014, but this time round he arrives at St Andrews in good form having finished 2nd at the Masters as well as defending his title at the Canadian Open, where he beat Tony Finau by two shots. McIlroy is the favourite to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday and can be backed at around 10/1 with most firms. You can also read a full betting preview for the tournament from our in-form golf expert Jamie Worsley.

The Open Betting Tips: Scheffler is the man to beat at St. Andrews

Just three months following Scottie Scheffler’s success at Augusta, we arrive at St Andrews for The Open Championship, our final major of the year and are faced with the sad prospect of another nine months before we see these…

The Open Odds

Rory McIlroy
WIN PROB: 9%
1
£10 FREE BET
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8/1
REVEAL OFFER
8/1
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8/1
£40 FREE BET
8/1
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8/1
Jon Rahm
WIN PROB: 5%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
9/1
Scottie Scheffler
WIN PROB: 5%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Jordan Spieth
WIN PROB: 5%
1
£40 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Cameron Smith
WIN PROB: 3%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Justin Thomas
WIN PROB: 4%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
Xander Schauffele
WIN PROB: 5%
1
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
Matt Fitzpatrick
WIN PROB: 4%
1
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Collin Morikawa
WIN PROB: 3%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Shane Lowry
WIN PROB: 4%
1
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Patrick Cantlay
WIN PROB: 3%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Dustin Johnson
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Will Zalatoris
WIN PROB: 3%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Tommy Fleetwood
WIN PROB: 3%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Viktor Hovland
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Tony Finau
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Tyrrell Hatton
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Tom Kim
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
Brooks Koepka
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Hideki Matsuyama
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Sam Burns
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Bryson DeChambeau
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Max Homa
WIN PROB: 1%
1
REVEAL OFFER
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
Joaquin Niemann
WIN PROB: 2%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Louis Oosthuizen
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Cameron Young
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
Im Sung-jae
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
Tiger Woods
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Adam Scott
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Justin Rose
WIN PROB: 1%
1
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Alex Noren
WIN PROB: 1%
Taylor Montgomery
WIN PROB: 1%
Jason Day
WIN PROB: 1%
Seamus Power
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Patrick Reed
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Ryan Fox
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£20 FREE BET
Robert MacIntyre
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
Billy Horschel
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
Corey Conners
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
Marc Leishman
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Paul Casey
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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Abraham Ancer
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Keegan Bradley
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Gary Woodland
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
Thomas Pieters
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
Sergio Garcia
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Rickie Fowler
WIN PROB: 1%
Lucas Herbert
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Aaron Wise
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
Sahith Theegala
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
Francesco Molinari
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
Victor Perez
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
Padraig Harrington
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Danny Willett
WIN PROB: 1%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Ewen Ferguson
WIN PROB: 1%
Mito Pereira
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
Adrian Meronk
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
Min Woo Lee
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Jordan Smith
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Harold Varner
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
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£20 FREE BET
Cameron Tringale
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
£40 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
Brian Harman
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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Keith Mitchell
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£40 FREE BET
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
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J.T. Poston
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
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Lee Westwood
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
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£30 FREE BET
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Dan Bradbury
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£30 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
£30 FREE BET
Branden Grace
WIN PROB: 0%
Sami Valimaki
WIN PROB: 0%
Phil Mickelson
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
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£40 FREE BET
£30 FREE BET
Matthew Jordan
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
REVEAL OFFER
Zach Johnson
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£30 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
Stewart Cink
WIN PROB: 0%
1
£10 FREE BET
£20 FREE BET
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Harrison Crowe
WIN PROB: 0%