Yeh, that's much better than I thought Andy would do, don't get me wrong I would love Andy to come first but knew It'll only happen when he picks up the Wimbledon title. I thought it would be between Rory McIlroy and Mark Cavendish. I'm amazed, why is Rory McIlroy so low in the list??
No idea why Rory M did so badly. I guess the golfers lost out as a result of there being 3 of them but still surprised he did so badly as he's probably the best known of the 3 [at least he's the one I'd heard of!]
I'm not a golfing fan, but from what I've read in the media it seems that, after winning his first major, the prestigious US Open, in June, at the age of 22 - and Andy inevitably being compared by them to him because of his failure to win a Slam - McIlroy fell off the perch they had created for him by turning in a dismal performance at the British Open in Sandwich, Kent, where he had to contend with cold, wet and windy weather and the rough course conditions of links golf, then blaming mainly the weather for his lack of success, whingeing publicly that he preferred playing in the hotter, sunnier climate of America.
He then incurred a lot of ridicule when playing in the PGA Championship in Atlanta, where he ruined his chances by injuring his wrist early in the tournament after, stupidly for a professional, attempting to hit a ball behind a tree root. He did win two more titles - the Shanghai Masters and Hong Kong Open - but by then the damage had been done. He also had the misfortune to have the popular 43 year old golfer Darren Clarke, who did win the British Open and who was runner-up, as a fellow nominee, as well as the current world No.1 Luke Donald. I also understand that some, presumably female, fans fell out of love with him when he suddenly dumped his long-term girlfriend recently in favour of Caroline Wozniacki.
The (fully deserved) award to Cavendish has revealed the astonishing ignorance in the UK of any sport outside football. The message boards in the papers and on various forums make me embarrassed to be British. He's actually a bigger star in France than in his own country.
You could say the same about Andy. Look how popular he is in Australia and, possibly, the US compared to the support he gets here. I've a nasty suspicion that winning a Slam, unless perhaps it's Wimbledon, won't get him the SPOTY award, as it would also depend on who the other nominees are. Oh well, at least he won BBC Scotland's SPOTY.