BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014: McIlroy favourite to win ahead of Hamilton

PUBLISHED: 14:42 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:42 14 December 2014

Lewis Hamilton at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]


Golfer Rory McIlroy is in pole position to win the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton currently second in the betting stakes.

Open champion Rory is the man to beat with bookmakers, but will the curse of the favourite strike again?

McIlroy heads the betting for this year’s BBC SPOTY prize at 2/5, with William Hill making Hertfordshire-born Mercedes F1 star Hamilton the 7/4 second favourite.

Ryder Cup hero McIlroy has been the best backed selection this year and has been the subject of two £10,000 bets at Britain’s biggest bookmaker.

The first large wager was placed in Liverpool in July at odds of 5/6, with the second placed in Yorkshire just last week at odds of 4/9.

“Since he won the Open, the Sports Personality betting has been all about McIlroy, however, Lewis Hamilton’s Drivers Championship victory has thrown a small spanner in the works,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

“Recent years have seen favourites such as Jess Ennis, Darren Clarke and Jenson Button fall by the wayside so there could yet be another twist in this one.”

Also in the running are footballer Gareth Bale, athlete Jo Pavey, World, Olympic, European and World Cup dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin, swimmer Adam Peaty, boxer Carl Froch, skier Kelly Gallagher, Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold and gymnast Max Whitlock.

Sports Personality of the Year odds:

2/5 Rory McIlroy

7/4 Lewis Hamilton

33/1 Gareth Bale

40/1 Jo Pavey

80/1 Charlotte Dujardin

100/1 Adam Peaty

100/1 Carl Froch

100/1 Kelly Gallagher

100/1 Lizzy Yarnold

100/1 Max Whitlock

* For more betting information, visit William Hill.

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