Rory McIlroy one of six nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Rory McIlroy has a chance to become just the third ever golfer to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2023
Rory McIlroy one of six nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

PGA Tour star and European Ryder Cup hero Rory McIlroy has been named as one of six nominees for the famous BBC Sports Personality of the Year prize for 2023. 

McIlroy, 34, may have failed to add to his major tally this year but he did win twice at the Dubai Desert Classic and Scottish Open en route to retaining the Race to Dubai title and winning it for a fifth time. 

The Northern Irishman was also the top points scorer at the Ryder Cup with four points as Luke Donald's Team Europe ran out five-point victors over Zach Johnson's United States side at Marco Simone in Rome.  

He posted 13 top-10 finishes in 18 events on the PGA Tour in 2023. 

McIlroy will now attempt to become just the third ever golfer to win the coveted BBC SPOTY award. 

Former US Open champion Justin Rose has urged golf fans to get behind McIlroy and vote for him. 

Only two golfers have ever won BBC SPOTY

Sir Nick Faldo was the last golfer to win the prize back in 1989.

Dai Rees became the first golfer to win the award in 1957.

McIlroy somehow failed to win SPOTY in a year in which he won back-to-back major titles in 2014.

That year he finished second to F1 star Lewis Hamilton. 

McIlroy joins cricketer Stuart Broad, horse racing jockey Frankie Dettori, footballer Mary Earps, wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett and athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson as the six nominees for BBC SPOTY in 2023. 

Voting will take place during the show on BBC One on Tuesday 19 December.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present the 70th edition of the annual awards.

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