Snubbed? Twitter Erupts When Rory McIlroy Loses BBC Award

When you’re at the very top of your profession, there are very few events that occur in your life that go unnoticed.

Just ask Rory McIlroy … and the Twittersphere.

On Sunday, Twitter blew a proverbial gasket when the world’s top-ranked golfer didn’t win the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year — one of Britain’s most prestigious awards in the sports world.

McIlroy, this year a winner of two majors, including the British Open Championship, a key cog in the European Ryder Cup’s third straight victory over the U.S. and undoubtedly the most dominant player on the globe, took runner-up to Formula One driver and world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton prevailed over McIlroy in a telephone vote and was surprised he won the award. Like any noble winner, Hamilton was gracious:

 “I really wasn’t expecting that,” he said while accepting the award, “Especially as I was watching all of the videos during the awards. We are really talking about some of the great sportspeople of our time.”

Rory was equally gracious in defeat, offering his thanks and congratulations on Twitter:

Other folks on Twitter, though, didn’t handle it so well. When the votes were tallied and winner announced, it virtually exploded in outrage and some of McIlroy’s contemporaries were at the forefront:

Regular folks even got into the mix:

We could go on and on and on but if you’re looking for more, try searching Twitter for #RORY and #SPOTY.

In any event, it’s safe to say that when the top player in a profession does anything, the world reacts. And boy did it react last night.


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