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Rory McIlroy booed for being Manchester United fan (Video)

Rory McIlroy Claret JugRory McIlroy was mostly cheered throughout his winning week at Hoylake in England, but he was booed during his Claret Jug acceptance speech. And it’s all his fault.

McIlroy reminded the fans that he is a Manchester United supporter, which didn’t go over well with the hometown Liverpool fans. They let Rory hear it with some boos.

McIlroy being a Manchester United fan? That’s like rooting for the Yankees. Maybe it’s not a surprise that Rory is also a Miami Heat fan.

H/T Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry to cash in on old British Open bet

rory-mcilroy-fatherRory McIlroy dominated the 2014 Open Championship from start to finish to capture the first Claret Jug trophy of his career. McIlroy was under par in each of his four rounds, finishing 17-under for the tournament with a final round 71 on Sunday.

McIlroy’s dad Gerry, who placed a bet along with his buddies that Rory will the British Open, will take home $171,000 after Rory’s victory on Sunday. Betting firm Ladbrokes has confirmed that one bet — which is believed to be the one Gerry made — was a 200-pound wager placed in 2004 that Rory would win the British Open within the next 10 years. The bet will pay 500:1.

This was the final year that Rory’s dad would have been able to cash in on the bet, which makes the story even more incredible. Two other bets, which were supposedly placed by Gerry’s friends, will also pay out a hefty sum. One wager was 200 pounds at 250:1 that McIlroy would win the Open by 2015 and another at 150:1 that he would do it before age 50. Those wagers are worth a combined $136,700.

“We take the chance on bets like these,” Ladbrokes’ Rachel Bridge told ESPN. “We can make a lot money, but it’s a big risk if one comes through. Unfortunately, on this one, we have egg on our face. Rory’s father and his friends are having champagne on us tonight.”

The victory leaves McIlroy one win away from completing the career grand slam. He won the PGA Championship in 2012 and US Open in 2011. McIlroy now has three major championships under his belt before his 26th birthday.

McIlroy was only the seventh player in the 143-year history of the Open Championship to lead the tournament from the opening round through the finish. No other player even tied him at any point after the first round was in the books.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has come out firing at a number of tournaments this year only to implode in the second round. That was not the case at Royal Liverpool as he matched his first round score with a 66 in Round 2 on Friday.

And for those of you who are interested, here is the lucky lady that might be dating Rory.

Caroline Wozniacki took Instagram shot at Rory McIlroy

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Caroline Wozniacki said she was looking for more followers on Instagram, and what better way to drive some attention to your account than by starting a mini-controversy?

Woz seemingly took a shot at ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy with a post on Thursday that featured her wearing high heels.

“Out and about in Istanbul. It’s been 3 years since I have worn heels on a normal day out. #feelsgood #looksgood #shopping #highheels #sun,” she wrote on her account.

Here’s the picture she shared:

Wozniacki is 5-foot-10, while McIlroy is shorter at 5-foot-8. She probably did him some favors by wearing flats when they were together.

Cute jab, but definitely mild.

If this is all Woz is going to do say about McIlroy, then he got off lightly for someone who supposedly dumped her over the phone.

Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry stands to win big money on old British Open bet

rory-mcilroy-fatherOne of the coolest aspects of Rory McIlroy potentially winning The Open Championship at Hoylake this weekend is that his father will cash in big on a 10-year-old bet.

As we wrote back in 2011, McIlroy’s father, Gerry, combined with three friends to place a £400 bet that Rory would win The Open Championship by the age of 25. Each person threw in £100 on the bet, and they received 500:1 odds. The payout is £200,000 — which should come out to £50,000 apiece.

We wrote about the story back in 2011 because that was the year Rory won his first major. He captured the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012, but the closest he’d come to winning The Open Championship was when he finished third in 2010.

Until now.

Rory is 25, so this is his last chance to make good on his father’s wager. He enters the final round on Sunday with a 6-shot lead. Those who saw McIlroy blow a 4-stroke lead in the final round of the 2011 Masters know you can’t give him the Claret Jug just yet, but he sure has a great chance of winning. And how awesome would it be for him to win the bet on the last year he can?

John Daly’s pants have strippers on them

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John Daly has always worn whatever he wants whenever he wants, and the 2014 Open Championship was no exception. Daly fired a 77 in the opening round at Royal Liverpool on Thursday, but he did it with style as usual. This time, Daly had scantily-clad women on his pants.

As Will Brinson mentioned, the ladies look an awful lot like strippers. They’re definitely wearing lingerie, so you can classify them any way you want. Here is a closer look:

You might remember Daly making a fashion statement with his pants earlier this year at the Qatar Masters, only he kept it much more G-rated during that tournament. It doesn’t matter what Daly shoots or how poorly he plays, he is and always will be the best.

Ernie Els three-putts from two feet for triple bogey (Video)

Ernie-Els-puttErnie Els started the British Open with a triple-bogey on Thursday, and it could have easily been avoided if he wasn’t so careless. Els, a 44-year-old veteran who has won 19 times on the PGA Tour, somehow putted three times from inside two feet.

Els had to work hard to put himself in position for a tap-in bogey after hitting a spectator with his tee shot. The fan was bleeding from the mouth, so it’s unclear if that rattled Els. Whatever the case, he missed his two-foot bogey putt and then tried to carelessly knock the double-bogey in with the back of his putter. He missed that, too.

The series was extremely difficult to watch, and it could end up costing Els down the road. While it’s only Thursday, you have to limit mistakes in order to remain in the hunt at the British Open. Els made two brutal ones in a span of a few seconds.

Video via Will Brinson

Henrik Stenson snaps club over his leg (Video)

Henrik-Stenson-snaps-clubWe saw some players shoot low scores in the opening round of the British Open on Thursday, but there was still plenty of the standard frustration we have grown used to seeing at Scottish links style courses. Henrik Stenson went into the 17th hole at 1-over on the day, and he finished the 17th with one less club in his bag.

Stenson hit a poor tee shot with a wedge and was not pleased about it. When his caddie reached out to take the club from him, Stenson snapped it over his knee and handed it over in two pieces.

Stenson also broke his driver in frustration during a tournament last season, so he is known for having a bit of a temper on the course. Charl Schwartzel also snapped a club during last year’s British Open. No tournament tests a player’s patience more than The Open.

Video via Eye on Golf