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Biting back: Rory doesn't need SPOTY prize to prove class

By Graham Luney

A nation wept on Sunday night. Lewis Hamilton was named the BBC Sports Personality of 2014 and Northern Ireland went into outrage meltdown.

Twitter was flooded with cries of injustice.

Why didn't our Rory McIlroy win the prize?

This year the Holywood ace won the BMW PGA Championship, the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old displayed his genius in Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup battle and swept the PGA Tour Awards, including collecting the Arnold Palmer Award, PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year.

But it wasn't enough to win the BBC award.

Hamilton, who won his second Formula 1 world title, had the last laugh.

The result sparked widespread anger on social media and there's something heartwarming about the Northern Ireland public's united response to the public vote.

But this was a popularity contest rather than a sporting one and Lewis clearly has a huge army of admirers.

We may be shocked at the result but getting angry about a public vote is a waste of time.

Rory didn't chip golf balls into a washing machine when he was a kid to one day win SPOTY.

The consolation for Rory is that he's been named BBC Northern Ireland's Sport Personality of 2014.

2013 was a frustrating year for Rory but it has been an absolute joy to see his talent shine through and the world number one doesn't need an award to confirm he's on the path to sporting greatness.

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