Golf fans FURIOUS after Sports Personality of the Year results

Golf fans have accused the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards of showing a lack of respect to this year's golf achievements.

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Mon, 16 Dec 2019
Golf fans FURIOUS after Sports Personality of the Year results

Another Sports Personality of the Year and another angry reaction from golf fans. On Sunday, the yearly awards were hosted in Aberdeen where England cricketer Ben Stokes took home the main prize of the evening, beating Lewis Hamilton who this year won his sixth Formula 1 World Championship and British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.

Awards aside, the main reason for the outrage expressed by golf fans in the UK on Twitter was due to the lack of golf coverage shown throughout the evening.

Shane Lowry, who won his first major this year at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, had three seconds of coverage in a show that lasted two hours.

Scotland's on Catriona Matthew, the brains behind Europe's stunning victory against the USA at this year's Solheim Cup was given just a short interview, alongside the very short highlight reel of the action at Gleneagles.

Last year, Francesco Molinari won SPOTY World's Sports Star of the Year and this year, many believed that Tiger Woods was destined to receive the award, but he lost out to marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge.

It seems that year after year, golf fans express how disappointed they are to see the lack of coverage that golf gets on the show, while it glorifies so many other sports and in some cases, minor achievments in comparison.

"I used to enjoy SPOTY. The fact a YouTube boxer got far more air time than any sort of mention of golf shows you the state of the programme," said one viewer.

A lot of fans say that due to the fact that golf is no longer on the BBC, there is an agenda to glorify the sports that are shown on the channel.

Multiple fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration about the show.