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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.

Rory McIlroy girlfriend Nadia Forde survived terrifying car crash

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Irish singer and model Nadia Forde walked away from a very frightening car crash earlier this week. According to The Mirror, Forde’s car flipped over six times on the freeway. She is very lucky to have avoided any type of serious injury.

Forde, who is rumored to be dating Rory McIlroy, was reportedly driving her Fiat sports car from London to Manchester last Sunday afternoon when she lost control of the vehicle and ended up flipping six times. The 25-year-old suffered only a minor bruise on her head and was released from the hospital after some precautionary tests.

“Hiiiiii just want to say Thanks a mill for all the lovely messages/txts/calls I’ve been getting!” Forde wrote on Instagram. “Feeling very loved and very very lucky! I’m fine..nothing a few hugs and hot chocolates won’t fix…lots of love.”

McIlroy was asked about the crash as he prepared for the British Open.

“Yeah, obviously if anyone’s in a car crash, you’re glad to see that they’re okay,” he said. “But yeah, obviously it was a pretty scary incident.”

[Related: Caroline Wozniacki takes shot at Rory McIlroy on Instagram]

McIlroy, who broke up with his ex-fiancee Caroline Wozniacki just days after their wedding invitations went out, has been spotted with Forde in recent weeks. The two insist they are just friends, but most people aren’t buying it. We’re glad Nadia escaped the wreck unscathed.

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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?

Nadia Forde: Rory McIlroy and I are just friends … for now

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Rumors have been swirling over the past month or so that Rory McIlroy is dating Irish model and singer Nadia Forde. While Forde denied that the two are romantically involved last month and said they had only met a few times, they have been spotted multiple times together as of late.

According to the Mirror, Forde and McIlroy were seen leaving a bar together in Dublin, Ireland last weekend. A witness spotted them “sitting together and laughing and joking all night.” What does that mean? Not a whole lot, because Forde still insists they are just friends.

“I met Rory last year through friends. He’s a lovely guy,” she told the Sunday People. “The bottom line with me and Rory is we have ­mutual friends who introduced us and we’ve been in each other’s company.”

Forde was then asked if McIlroy was her type, to which she replied, “I don’t really have a type, to be honest with you.” But even if she’s telling the truth about her and Rory just being pals, that doesn’t mean it won’t turn into more.

“I think whoever I end up with I will be friends with first,” Forde added. “The important thing is having ­somebody with ambition and drive who is hard-working. That for me is a massive turn-on.”

Ambition and drive? Check. Rory is a 25-year-old professional golfer who has a nine-figure endorsement deal with Nike. Hard-working? Well, now that he has broken things off with Caroline Wozniacki, no one can argue that McIlroy is spending too much time with the Danish tennis star and not enough on the course.

After he was spotted out with Forde, McIlroy went out and set a course record at Royal Aberdeen with an opening round 64 at the Scottish Open. He also smashed a 436-yard drive that day. He shot a 78 in the second round and kind of played himself out of contention, but you get the point. Rory is starting to look a lot better on the course. His new “friend” must be good luck.

Photos: Instagram/Nadia Forde

Rory McIlroy hits 436-yard drive (Video)

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy came out on fire at the Scottish Open this week, setting a course record at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday with an opening round 64. The most incredible part of McIlroy’s day was the monstrous drive he hit on the par-4 13th hole.

McIlroy drove the green, which happened to be 436 yards from the tee. For those of you who can’t appreciate how amazing that is, a 436-yard hole would be a par-5 at a lot of amateur golf courses. McIlroy obviously got a perfect bounce, but even the cameras were fooled. A 436-yard drive is a 436-yard drive regardless of the wind or course conditions.

As Shane Bacon of Devil Ball Golf pointed out, 436 yards is 39 yards longer than any drive on the PGA Tour this year. The ball tends to roll more at the Scottish and British links style courses, but that doesn’t take anything away from Rory’s shot. That was an absolute bomb.

United Airlines lost Rory McIlroy’s golf clubs

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy has returned to Ireland after his disappointing 23rd-place finish at the US Open over the weekend, but he is missing some precious cargo. McIlroy is scheduled to compete in the Irish Open in Cork this week, and he kind of needs his golf clubs for that.

Unfortunately, it appears that United Airlines somehow lost McIlroy’s magic wands. Believe it or not, 25-year-old pro golfers who have more money than they know what to do with have the same travel issues as people like us.

Naturally, United responded to McIlroy and said they would follow up once he provided a bag reference ID number (again, just like the rest of us). The airline seems to have located the clubs.

Wait, guys who are signed to $100 million endorsement deals use the same clubs twice? Who would have thought?

H/T Washington Post