HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy was not the only winner at the British Open on Sunday.
The BBC said McIlroy's father, Gerry, and three of Gerry's friends placed a combined bet of 400 pounds (now $680) in 2004 on McIlroy winning the British Open before he turned 26.
McIlroy was 15 at the time of the wager and is now 25.
The odds were 500-1, so the syndicate looks to collect 200,000 pounds ($340,000) now that McIlroy has lifted the claret jug. He won by two strokes over Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy put a stranglehold on his third major championship with a 4-under 68 Saturday, heading to the final round of the British Open with a six-shot lead.
McIlroy gave up the four-shot lead he had at the beginning of the day, falling into a tie for the top spot when Rickie Fowler birdied seven of the first 12 holes.
But, in a lightning-quick turnaround, McIlroy rolled in a 35-foot birdie at the 14th and an eagle at the 16th. Fowler bogeyed both holes, suddenly falling back.
When McIlroy made another eagle at the 18th, he pushed his score to 16-under 200 for the largest 54-hole Open lead since Tiger Woods was six strokes ahead at St. Andrews in 2000.
Fowler settled for a 68 and was at 206.