BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards – Golf Winners – considering how popular golf is in the UK, with more than 4 million people playing and about 1.2 million playing at least once a month, it’s quite surprising how few golfers have actually won the award. In fact, there are only two golfers who have won the main award.
Sir Nick Faldo won in 1989 off the back of his amazing Masters victory, his second major in America, who can forget the birdie on the 11th in the play-off? Nick had shot Bogey-Bogey-Bogey-Bogey over the four rounds, but in the play-off he sunk a huge putt for a birdie and the title. As you can see on the video, that ball was moving at some speed, if it hadn’t hit the back of the hole, it would probably have gone in the lake. But that is what makes champions.
The only other golfer to win this coveted award is Dai Rees, way back in 1957. Dai became the oldest winner of the award in recognition of being the first captain of a successful Ryder Cup team in 24 years.
Click on the image above to watch some great archive footage of Dai Rees winning the 1957 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards – Golf Winners
1957 – Dai Rees
1989 – Nick Faldo
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards – Golf Winners – Team of the year
The Ryder Cup team is a recurring theme in the BBC Sports Team of the Year. They have won this trophy 5 times in 1985, 1987, 1995, 2002, 2010.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards – Golf Winners – Overseas Personality
The BBC also recognises overseas sports personalities. The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, has been awarded 8 times to golfers, over the years:
1965 – Gary Player
1971 – Lee Trevino
1980 – Jack Nicklaus
1984 – Severiano Ballesteros
1986 – Greg Norman
1993 – Greg Norman
1998 – Mark O’Meara
2000 – Tiger Woods
And last but not least…
Let us not forget, Seve.
Severiano Ballesteros is possibly the greatest golfer ever, he was so good that the BBC honoured him not once, but twice, with the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award.
I had the good fortune to watch Seve play at Sunningdale in 1980, in a tournament called the Hennessy Cognac Cup. A format that Seve himself revived many years later as the Seve Trophy. I was only 16 at the time, and I can still remember 34 years later the excitement around the galleries as he strode down the fairway on each hole.
This video is from when he received the second award, in 2009, he was very ill at the time, and I defy anyone who loves the game of golf not to shed a tear when Jose Maria Olazabel presents his dear friend and mentor with the trophy.
So, there we have it. Over the years the BBC have gifted a Sports Personality of the Year Award in one form or another to the golf fraternity on 17 occasions. In 2014 Rory McIlroy is a firm favourite for the main award, and Bradley Neil is nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.