Rory favourite for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year


Rory McIlroy remains the odds-on favourite with the firm at 4/9 following his triumphant summer, winning both The Open and PGA Championship, however a late gamble is developing on Lewis Hamilton who is now just a 13/8 shot.

One punter who was that confident in the Irishman's chances of landing the elusive prize placed a wager of £10,000 on him doing so at odds of 6/4, and as the momentum grew McIlroy was quoted as short as 1/8 in October.

And with the front two in the market sewn up, the bookies are now betting on the athlete to finish in third place, and it's Jo Pavey who's fancied for a podium finish at 13/8, followed closely by Gareth Bale at 7/4.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "McIlroy might be the favourite, but clearly Hamilton's championship win is still fresh in punters' minds. It's a two-horse race, but if the money's correct it looks like we'll see Hamilton with the trophy on Sunday evening."

Ladbrokes latest betting
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 winner

Rory McIlroy 4/9

Lewis Hamilton 13/8

Jo Pavey 33/1

Gareth Bale 40/1

Carl Froch 100/1

Lizzy Yarnold 100/1

Charotte Dujardin 100/1

Adam Peaty 150/1

Kelly Gallagher 200/1

Max Whitlock 300/1


To finish in second place

Lewis Hamilton 4/6

Rory McIlroy 7/4

Jo Pavey 10/1

Gareth Bale 12/1

Charlotte Dujardin 50/1

Carl Froch 66/1

Lizzy Yarnold 66/1

Adam Peaty 80/1

Kelly Gallagher 100/1

Max Whitlock 150/1


To finish in third place

Jo Pavey 13/8

Gareth Bale 7/4

Lewis Hamilton 8/1

Charlotte Dujardin 9/1

Carl Froch 12/1

Lizzy Yarnold 12/1

Rory McIlroy 12/1

Adam Peaty 25/1

Kelly Gallagher 40/1

Max Whitlock 50/1