Will Masters victor Danny Willett win this Sunday’s Sports Personality Of the Year?
But at least he has a personality to justify his nomination and his sporting achievement certainly warrants a place in the finalist line-up. Personally I think they have ruined this event, why not open it up completely to the public and let them choose anyone?
Why do we need to be dictated to and have to choose from a list of PC-finalists? I would like to have seen Justin Rose get a mention..
Anyway the full list of nominees are:
Nicola Adams - Boxing
Gareth Bale - Football
Alistair Brownlee - Triathlon
Sophie Christiansen - Equestrian
Kadeena Cox - Athletics/Cycling
Mo Farah - Athletics
Jason Kenny - Cycling
Laura Kenny - Cycling
Andy Murray - Tennis
Adam Peaty - Swimming
Kate Richardson-Walsh - Hockey
Nick Skelton - Equestrian
Dame Sarah Storey - Cycling
Jamie Vardy - Football
Max Whitlock - Gymnastics
Danny Willett - Golf.
Favourite at a very short 1-8, and rightly so, is the World Number One Tennis Player Andy Murray. The year 2016 has been an Olympic one and, despite a record breaking medal haul, this will be the first year for a while that someone not specifically an Olympian claims the title. In fact you need to go back to 1996 when Damon Hill beat our sole Gold medal winner Steve Redgrave.
All being well this will be the third victory for Murray in four years, with Hamilton scoring in 2014. Murray will become the first person to secure the title three times, any ideas on the other three individuals who have won the award multiple times? (Answer at the bottom of this page!)
Anyone want to give us some odds on how many more times Murray will be on the winners podium?
Not only have they ruined the competition they have now gone as far as ruining the betting market; with win only odds and ridiculous prices for ‘a top three finish.’ Second favourite is Triathalon star Alistair Brownlee (9-1) who is 2-9 to gain a place. No thanks.
You can find some value in betting W/O Murray, Brownlee is a short 4-7 but if you think he could be trumped by fellow Olympic Champions Mo Farah (6-1) or Laura Trott (11-2) into second place it may well be worth a punt.
The equestrian are getting behind showjumping gold medalist Nick Skelton (50-1), who has a fantastic story and could well sneak into the placings (10-3 for a top three). My vote would go to Max Whitlock (80-1 to 10-1 to make the top three). Winning not one, but two, gold medals in gymnastics. Becoming the first Briton to win a gold in rhythmic gymnastics is not mean feat and he could well get the teenage girls vote if they are forced to watch it by their parents!
Anyway seeing as this is #GCW let us go back to the golf. What does a golfer need to do in order to claim the title next year?
Nick Faldo won after a Masters victory in 1989 and Ryder Cup Captain Dai Rees in 1957. A number of golfers have claimed a placing, with the most recent being Rory McIlroy in 2014 and Darren Clarke in 2006 and 2011.
Does Danny Willett have any chance of gaining a place on the podium at 250-1? Probably not, if only Europe had won the Ryder Cup!
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