First and foremost, we’ve got to give the nod to Gerry McIlroy for his faith in his son — back in 2004, when the younger McIlroy was just 15, Gerry bet 400 euros (or $682) on 500-to-one odds that Rory McIlroy would win the British Open before he turned 26. In 2014, at the age of 25, Rory validated his dad’s belief, winning the sport’s oldest tournament and netting his father over $170 thousand dollars. To complete the comparison, Rory won just over $1.6 million at the event, so smiles all around for the McIlroy family.
After sealing a two-shot victory that seemed to be his for the entire tournament, the golfer once known as the Boy Wonder emphasized his claim as the world’s next great golfer, nabbing his third Major Championship win and returning to the number two spot on the World Golf Rankings, behind Australia’s Adam Scott, who finished the Open tied for fifth with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman.
“I’ve really found my passion again for golf,” McIlroy told The Associated Press (via ESPN.) “Not that it ever dwindled, but it’s what I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability.”