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Rory McIlroy Wins British Open, Father Cashes In

20 Jul

From start to finish, Rory McIlroy sat atop the field to win his first ever British Open championship with a -17 performance at Royal Liverpool.

It’s his 3rd overall major win, and he becomes the 3rd youngest golfer ever to win 3 majors at the age of 25. McIlroy won the 2011 US Open at Congressional, and the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

With the win, he takes home $1.66 million, but he’s not the only McIlroy who walks away with cash.

His father Gerry bet with 500-1 odds in 2006 that Rory would win a British Open before he turned 26. Gerry had to sweat it out over 8-years, but the bet paid off and he wins over $340,000.

McIlroy entered the day with a 6-shot lead, but bogies on 5, 6, and 13 allowed Sergio Garcia to get within 2 strokes. That was as close as he would get, and after McIlroy parred 18, he clinched the title.

Garcia, along with Rickie Fowler finished tied for 2nd at -15, Jim Furyk finished in 4th place at -13, and Adam Scott finished tied for 5th at -12.

Following a strong opening round, Tiger Woods was a non-factor this weekend finishing in 69th place at +6. He’s still seeking his first major championship since winning the 2008 US Open. Phil Mickelson finished tied for 23rd at -5 after shooting a final round 68.

 
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