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.