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Rory McIlroy's dad cashes in 342K on a 10 year bet that his son would win the British Open

by Jon Henseler

('Hey Jon did Rory's day really wear money symbol glasses for this photo?' Nah I took graphic arts class* in college nbd)

So I think one of my favorite stories of the weekend is this one about Rory McIllroy's dad and his buddies putting down $600 in 2004 betting that his then 15 year old son Rory would win the British Open before he turned 26. They got 500:1 odds on it at the time and wouldn't you know it, Rory got the job done at 25 years old this past weekend. Rory's dad and his buddies cashed in 342 THOUSAND on a $600 bet. Absurd! Like to put that into perspective for people who don't speak degenerate, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bucks who went 15-67 last NBA season, are 400:1 odds right now to win the 2014-15 NBA championship next season. Rory was 500:1. So in terms of a 'what bet has a better chance at paying off,' the Bucks having a championship parade down 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee next June had better odds than Rory's dad did of ever cashing in on this ticket. That is profoundly outrageous. It reminds me of the episode of The Office where Kevin is talking about always taking high odds when you can get them and goes on to say 'if John Mellancamp ever wins an Oscar, I'm going to be a very rich dude.' Bingo. This is John Mellancamp winning an Oscar. I realize that Rory was a teenage golf prodigy but the list of teenage golf prodigies that never won a professional golf tournament, let alone a Major, let alone a specific one in a specific time period is pretty short. And I don't know what it says about my character or my gambling addiction but this genuinely warms my heart. Put Chris Conley's voice behind some sad music and throw this story on Sportscenter Sunday morning and I'm bawling happy tears like a baby.

Also how about the bookie who took this bet in 2004 basically thinking he stole $600 from a senile old dad and his friends. And now he's got to come up with 342K ten years later. Whoops!

*Plot twist I paid a guy on my floor $50 to teach me how to make Powerpoint presentation. He showed me how to use copy and paste in Microsoft Paint and then I'm pretty sure spent that money on weed and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Not the worst $50 I ever spent.

PS: I wonder if my dad put down $600 on my becoming a moderately successful, small-market, country radio DJ by day and internet blogger by early afternoon? Even if he did I don't think he would have cashed in like Rory's dad did. At worst the odds of me becoming that when I was 15 were probably 10:1.

Double PS: If you're one of Rory's dad's buddies who is getting about 87k of found money what are you doing with it? Trying to double up Kramer style? 'That's a cool 87 G's daddy-yo now you gotta let it riiiiiiddddddee!'