Rory McIlroy 1/9 for SPOTY after Ryder Cup victory

Rory McIlroy’s tightened his grip on the betting to be named BBC Sports Personality of The Year for 2014.

McIlroy played an integral part in Europe’s victory, playing in all 5 matches (he lost one, drew two, and won two), and winning 3 points for Europe’s.

He was third out on the course this morning, and against one of the USA’s strongest players in Ricky Fowler, McIlroy simply took him apart to complete a 5&4 victory and get the European defence off to a flying start.

This season alone McIlroy has now won two majors (Open Championship and the PGA Championship), the Ryder Cup and he is the World Number 1, not a bad year, and that surely makes him a worthy winner of the BBC SPOTY award.

McIlroy started Sunday as the 1/6 favourite to win SPOTY, he’s now as short as 1/9 with Boylesports. 1/6 is still available with Ladbrokes, but I don’t expect that to still be there on Monday morning.

Second favourite is still Lewis Hamilton, who is a best price of 6/1 with bet365 (who have a £200.00 Welcome Bonus for new accounts). Even if Hamilton wins the Formula 1 World Championship, he is still unlikely to beat McIlroy to the SPOTY title.

After that comes Jonny Wilkinson at 25/1, who retired from his sport half way through the year, highlighting the shortage of candidates in this market.

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