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Clarke favourite for BBC gong

Darren Clarke has taken over from Rory McIlroy as favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have Open champion Clarke at 1/2, with US Open champion McIlroy pushed out to 7/4. The Sandwich action was on BBC Television, while McIlroy's eight-shot victory in Washington was covered by Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old is favourite to become Ireland's next major winner, however.

He is 4/7, with last year's US Open champion Graeme McDowell 3/1, Padraig Harrington 6/1, Clarke 14/1 and Shane Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur two years ago, listed at 20/1.

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