Rory McIlroy would have been the just BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The golfer achieved far more than Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and without the need for space-centre technology

The good news for Rory McIlroy is that his career will be defined and remembered by multiple major championship victories. Nobody will retrospectively care that the golfer was unjustly denied the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2014. Which, in itself, is illuminating.

The only logical conclusions to be drawn from Sunday evening in Glasgow are that McIlroy’s failure to endorse his sporting superiority to Lewis Hamilton owed plenty to timing and the inability of a wider audience to understand the scale of his season’s success. McIlroy has every right to be wounded by this result on the simple basis that it was unfair, even if he has far bigger career priorities.

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