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Rory McIlroy’s Win at Open Reportedly Earns Dad $342K from 10-Year-Old Bet

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Updates from Sunday, July 20

Rory McIlroy won the 2014 British Open by two strokes Sunday, and now his father, Gerry, and three of Gerry’s friends can collect $342,000 from a bet they made in 2004.

They bet £400 ($683) with 500-1 odds on 15-year-old Rory winning the British Open before the age of 26, and the 25-year-old delivered at the last time of asking.

Following McIlroy’s win, he commented on his father’s bet, via Darren Rovell of ESPN:

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There are a lot of fathers out there with confidence in their sons’ athletic ability, but few of those sons are able to back it up quite like Rory McIlroy.

According to Andrew Cotter of BBC, Gerry McIlroy and friends bet on his son to win the British Open before the age of 26:

The 2004 bet comes to $683, which could total $342,000 if McIlroy is able to come through with a victory Sunday, according to Kyle Porter of CBSSports.com. McIlroy is 25 years old, so this is his last chance to make good on the bet.

Fortunately for the proud father, McIlroy is in great shape to win The Open Championship. He shot out to a lead in Round 1 with a score of 66, which he was able to follow up with another 66 in Round 2. Although he slowed down a bit in Round 3, he finished with two eagles in his final three holes to build a six-stroke lead heading into the final round.

As Justin Ray of Golf Channel notes, this is not a lead that is often lost at majors:

After the round, McIlroy explained that he had confidence going into Sunday with his lead, via Steve DiMeglio of USA Today:

I’m comfortable leading the tournament. This is the third night in a row that I’ll sleep on the lead. It helps that I’ve been in this position before and I’ve been able to convert and I’ve been able to get the job done. I’m comfortable with how I’m hitting it. Really comfortable on the greens. I just need to go out there tomorrow and play one more solid round and hopefully that’s enough.

As long as McIlroy avoids a massive collapse, he should be able to come through with his third career major championship.

Ron Sirak of Golf Digest believes McIlroy should win based on how he has played to this point:

Of course, betting on him to win with a lead is much easier than predicting a 15-year-old player will someday win one of golf’s most prestigious titles. On the other hand, we do know that McIlroy was quite impressive at a young age. Here’s an eight-year-old McIlroy with UTV’s Gerry Kelly:

It seems as though Gerry McIlroy’s faith in his son will pay off, possibly leading to more bets of this nature in the future.

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Updates from Sunday, July 20 Rory McIlroy won the 2014 British Open by two strokes Sunday, and now his father, Gerry, and three of Gerry's friends can collect $342,000 from a bet they made in 2004…

5-year-old Twitch streamer carries dad to Apex Legends win

Published: 17/Dec/2020 11:55

In one of the most heartwarming clips you’ll see today, an adorable five-year-old Twitch streamer helped carry his Dad to a big win in Apex Legends to literally everyone’s delight.

As we all know, getting a win in the Apex Games can be a tricky feat: it requires skill, precision, timing and luck all in abundance, especially if you’re a more casual player.

For many casual players, getting a win feels huge — but this five-year-old has put all of us to shame, looking completely comfortable in the game and guiding his very proud father to a victory on their first game of the day.

If you only watch one Apex clip today, make it this one.

Young Apex Legends player steals the show

For most of us, we’ll have a squad that we get on with that are roughly the same age as us, maybe friends you’ve made online, from school or elsewhere.

Now, imagine you and the boys losing a tough squad 1v1 at the end of the match, only to realize that you lost to a Dad playing with his five-year-old son. It’s impressive but almost a bit demoralizing knowing that this child is simply better than you.

As you can see, NewbCybot almost takes it in his stride as he racks up another win with his excited dad. He simply takes aim at the enemy and lays fire into them until it’s over, smiling at his dad’s excitement when the victory screen comes up but otherwise looking like it’s just another day doing what he does best.

If this isn’t one of the most enviable father-son relationships there is, we don’t know what is. With any luck, Cybot could end up being a top player — and a Respawn employee even responded saying as much!

In the clip posted to Reddit, Respawn social media manager Alex replied saying that he “looks forward to watching their pro career in the future.”

Who knows; maybe we are seeing the early days of one of the next big names in gaming, streaming and, of course, Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends devs working on new game that will let players “adventure forever”

Published: 6/Jan/2021 3:39 Updated: 6/Jan/2021 4:28

Respawn Entertainment, the Californian studio behind battle royale Apex Legends, the Titanfall franchise, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, are working on a secret new game that will reportedly let players keep “adventuring forever.”

Respawn has gone from strength to strength in recent years. In early 2019, the studio exploded into the battle royale scene with Apex Legends, after years of cult success with the Titanfall 2 franchise. They also struck gold with the Star Wars adventure title ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’, a canon story in Disney’s new universe.

Now it’s been confirmed they’re developing a mysterious new game.

According to a new job listing posted on Respawn’s website , the studio is putting together an incubation team to develop “a brand new IP,” or ‘intellectual property.’

The advertisement calls for a “generalist software engineer”. The listing has relatively few details on the project itself, besides confirming the title will use “new, practical technologies” to “enable ‘adventuring forever’,”. This may suggest a live, long-term game with ongoing Respawn Entertainment support.

Respawn remains quiet on “new IP” project

Outside of the relatively vague job listing, there has been no official word from the North American studio regarding a new game or series in development.

The revelation a “new IP” is on the way comes just months after Respawn shifted much of their Apex development to a new studio in Vancouver. At the time, rumors were Respawn was already cooking up a new title in their old Californian locale. The only word then, though, was it “wasn’t Titanfall 3.”

“We love to dabble,” Respawn’s chief operating officer Dusty Welch said of the studio’s planned projects in a 2020 interview.

“Vince [Zampella] loves to dabble in all kinds of projects. His taste for game-making is not just in shooters. But look, you’ve got Star Wars out there. That’s a huge passion for Vince and I — and we love all kinds of different games. We’ll continue to think about ways to expand.”

It’s also likely whatever this new title is, it won’t be related to Star Wars or the “Fallen Order” series. Instead, Respawn appears to be stepping away from the two series that have made them famous in favor of a totally new world.

Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 canceled?

That doesn’t mean a new Fallen Order title won’t be coming either.

In late March last year, Electronics Arts applauded Respawn for their “breakout title,” and suggested they would be looking to make it into a Star Wars franchise.

There has been no official word on those plans since mid-2020, however.

For now, sit tight. Respawn will still be a long way off any official announcements regarding this title, especially considering they’re only just getting software engineers on-board now.

And Apex Legends fans, no need to worry; the battle royale won’t suffer a smidge from the new focus. That’s why they established the Vancouver studio!

This 5-year-old Apex Legends player looks fit for a big future in the game — and Respawn agrees!