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McIlroy the clear favourite as 2014 SPOTY shortlist named
The golfer joins Gareth Bale, Lewis Hamilton and more on the list.

WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy is the 2/9 favourite for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after the shortlist of 10 was released.

Golfer McIlroy is joined by Lewis Hamilton (3/1), Gareth Bale (25/1) and athlete Jo Pavey (33/1) on the list.

The 25-year old won back-to-back Majors this year and returned to world number one thanks to a run of three tournament wins in a row.

The County Down golfer was also the leading money winner on the PGA Tour and won the European Tour Order of Merit.

Northern Ireland’s Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher (100/1) is also among the 10 nominated following her gold medal exploits in the Super-G even in Sochi in March.

Gymnast Max Whitlock, swimmer Adam Peaty, Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton), Carl Froch (boxing) and Charlotte Dujardin (dressage) complete the list.

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The winner will be announced on 14 December with voting open to the public on the night.

Barry McGuigan (1985) and Tony McCoy (2010) are previous winners of the award.

- First published 24 November.

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