Rory McIlroy won his third major with a two-shot lead in the British Open at Hoylake yesterday yesterday, and earned his father £50,000 in the process.
McIlroy’s father Gerry put £100 on his son winning the tournament by the time he was 26 ten years ago at odds of 500-1.
The 25-year-old himself picked up a cool £975,000 for his major win and told of how he wants to dominate the sport in the years to come when asked if he would replicate Jack Nicklaus’ 18 Grand Slam wins.
“I definitely hope so, golf is looking for someone to put their hand up and try to dominate and I want to be that person,” he said.
“I feel like there’s a lot more left in me.”
He has set his sights on claiming his fourth major with the Masters next April to complete the set, and expressed his confidence in his ability to do so.
McIlroy shot a relaxed -1 in the fourth round of the competition, having played aggressively in the first few days to extend to a six-shot lead.
It meant he could play safe in the final round to ensure he kept his win, but with Spain’s Sergio Garcia mounting a charge towards the Holywood golfer for an exciting climax.
Garcia could not catch him however, and finished tied second with American Ricky Fowler on -15.
Elsewhere the other subject of their highly publicised split Caroline Wozniacki earned her first WTA title of the year on the same day her ex-fiance landed the British Open.
She beat Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets to lift the Istanbul Cup on Sunday.