Fast forward to the present, and McIlroy has a six-stroke lead heading into the final round of the British Open. He's also hoping to earn his dad — and his dad's friends — a six-figure pay day in the process, and prove his father's fortune telling abilities to be accurate.
That's because Gerry, according to the BBC's Andrew Cotter, placed a bet a decade ago that his son would win the Claret Jug by age 26 (McIlroy is 25).
According to CBSSports.com, Gerry and friends put up $683 at 500:1 odds, meaning they will cash in on almost $342,000 if Rory can hold his lead.
No added pressure, Rory, your dad won't mind if you lose. He may privately lose his mind, though.