Rory McIlroy has been the odds on favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the year award since his remarkable golden spell during the second half of the UK summer, which culminated in him winning two majors (The Open Championship and the US PGA) and finishing the year as the World’s Number 1 golfer.
Over 2014 McIlroy won 3 points for Europe in the Ryder Cup, topped the Order of Merit in the European Tour and was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour (this means he was the top golfer on both the European and US tour). On his way to becoming the leading golfer on both sides of the Atlantic, he won the BMW PGA Championship and the Open Championship in the UK, and in the US, he won the the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship.
He actually won the Open, the WGC-Bridgestone and the US PGA back-to-back, in a purple patch of form between 17th July and the 10th August in a remarkable month.
To put this achievement into context, back-to-back major victories (in the same season) are rare, but isn’t totally unique in golf. Padraig also won the same two majors – Open Championship and US PGA – in 2008, and Tiger Woods did the exact same in 2006. Woods also won back-to-backs in 2000 and 2002, but apart from that it’s unheard of since the days of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
What Are Rory McIlroy’s Odds To Win Sports Personality Of The Year?
The best odds available in betting on the winner of BBC Sports Personality of the year for McIlroy is currently 8/15, and that is with a couple of bookmakers. The majority have MCIlroy at odds of 4/9 or 2/5.
The bookmaker offering 8/15 on McIlroy is
Bookmakers offering odds of 1/2 on McIlroy to win Sports Personality of the year are….
Bookmakers offering odds of 4/9 on McIlroy to win Sports Personality of the year are……
- Paddy Power (£50 Free Bet)
- Ladbrokes (£25 Free Bet)
- Coral (£20 Free Bet)
- Stan James (£10 Free Bet)
- Betfair (£30 Free Bet)
McIlroy has been the odds on favourite since he completed his hot streak of form in July and August, his odds slightly shortened further on the back of Europe’s Ryder Cup success in September.