Golf fans furious over coverage during SPOTY

Golf features for less than a minute during BBC Sports Personality of the Year. 

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017


Golf fans have taken to social media to vent their anger at the lack of golf coverage featured during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show last night. 

During the 135 minutes of the show, golf featured for a grand total of 45 seconds as the BBC sprinted through three of the four majors and a quick flash of Tommy Fleetwood hoisting the Race to Dubai trophy. 

If that wasn't bad enough, Sergio Garcia, who ended years of major agony by winning The Masters in April, was not even shortlisted as one of eight sporting stars in the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year - which was won for a record fourth time by Roger Federer. 

Golf fans furious over coverage during SPOTY

Should we be at all surprised at the lack of golf coverage? Not really. It's a similar story every year. But us golf fans just can't help ourselves.

Even the end vote for Personality of the Year - which obviously included no golfers in the shortlisted 12 - was all a bit perplexing with outsider Mo Farah taking the spoils with red-hot favourite Anthony Joshua not even finishing in the top three. 

Only two golfers have ever won the award since it began in 1954 with Dai Rees (1957) and Sir Nick Faldo (1989).

Check out a selection of irate golf fan tweets...