Rory McIlroy has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 7 years ago

Rory McIlroy has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

As inevitable as night following day. Well-deserved Rory.

The Holywood native was included in a list of ten nominations announced by the BBC this evening alongside the likes of Carl Froch, Gareth Bale and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

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After two major victories and his contribution to Europe’s Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles amongst many other achievements in 2014, McIlroy is in with an excellent shout of landing the SPOTY gong and is the bookies’ favourite to do so.

He gets our vote.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 nominations:

Gareth Bale (Football)

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Charlotte Dujardin (Dressage)

Carl Froch (Boxing)

Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans (Alpine Skiing)

Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)

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Rory McIlroy (Golf)

Jo Pavey (Athletics)

Adam Peaty (Swimming)

Max Whitlock (Gymnastics)

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Lizzy Yarnold (Skeleton)