Rory McIlroy took home plenty of hardware in 2014. The Claret Jug. The Wannamaker Trophy. The Ryder Cup. But Rory got robbed of one more on Sunday night.
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was voted BBC's Sports Personality of the Year over McIlroy by more than 80,000 votes.
McIlroy was the overwhelming favorite to win the award, and even Hamilton, a 29-year-old Englishman who won his second Formula 1 title this season, seemed surprised.
"I was sitting there saying Rory's going to have it," Hamilton told BBC Sport. "I thought it had to be someone else."
McIlroy, who would have been the first golfer to win the award since Nick Faldo in 1989, accepted defeat with grace.
Thanks to all who voted for me! Congrats to all the candidates and especially @LewisHamilton, thoroughly deserved and a worthy winner!— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) December 14, 2014
A few of his fellow Tour pros, however, were more outspoken on McIlroy's behalf.
Lot of angry people on my timeline... Unfortunately as long as SPOTY continues to be a public vote then this will continue to happen! #Rory— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) December 14, 2014
SPOTY technology of the year goes to the silver and red dodgem!!! Just have to win all 4 next year @McIlroyRory !— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) December 14, 2014