Rory McIlroy attends the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

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.

A few of his fellow Tour pros, however, were more outspoken on McIlroy's behalf.

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