Rory McIlroy finished second in the voting for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.
The award is given annually to the best British athlete, or athlete who resides in the United Kingdom and plays a majority of the sport in the UK. This year's award went to F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
Paul McGinley, who led Team Europe to a victory at the Ryder Cup, was named Coach of the Year.
McIlroy, who was born in Northern Ireland, was aiming to be the third golfer to win the award. Dai Rees, who was from Wales, became the first golfer to win in 1957, and Nick Faldo won it in 1989.
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"It was a phenomenal year. There are so many people in this room, but the common denominator in people who are the best at what they do is hard work," McIlroy said on the BBC broadcast before Hamilton won the award.
"This was the trophy (the Claret Jug) I dreamed of winning as a little boy, to have my mother there was special. It makes me a little emotional. It was a special moment and one I'll cherish for the rest of my life.
"I'll let people make comparisons to Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. I'm just trying to win as many majors as I can and see where that takes me."
Fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke was twice a runner-up for the award, most recently in 2011.
McIlroy made his case by winning the Open Championship in July, PGA Championship in August, playing for the winning Ryder Cup Team Europe and was named the PGA of America Player of the Year and received the Vardon Trophy.
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McGinley is the second Ryder Cup Captain to win the award, following Colin Montgomerie who won it in 2010. McGinley is now undefeated in all six Ryder Cups he has competed in as either a player, Captain or Vice Captain.
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"I'm very, very honored," McGinley said on the broadcast. "I need to thank the people of Scotland. Your support was huge. I had 12 great players, 12 great personalities and a great backroom team and vice captains."
Ryder Cup Team Europe was up for the Team of the Year Award, but lost to the English women's rugby team.
Expect to see Michelle Wie in primetime coming up soon.
Wie posted a photo to Instagram on Sunday of herself on the set of the CBS show "Hawaii Five-0."
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No word on what character Wie will be playing, but a good guess would be as a cameo appearance. She was born in Honolulu, so she already has a perfect connection for the show.
The show, which airs on Friday nights, is a drama centering around a police unit in Hawaii. It is a remake of the show "Hawaii Five-O," which aired from 1968-80.
Earlier this year, we decided to embark on a new daily feature called #PGA365. You may have seen it once or twice if you are a fan of the site.
The idea behind it is pretty simple. To put it simply, it’s a photo gallery celebrating the game of golf.
To break it down a little more, our readers go play golf. They take awesome photos of the course or of something interesting happening, and share it with us. Then we present those photos to you in a monthly gallery.
For an example, take this great photo shared to us by frequent contributor Ken Minschwaner on Instagram.
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From Day 1 of this project, we’ve seen some truly creative, awe-inspiring and, frankly, interesting photos from our readers. And we have loved them all.
So here’s to a successful first year, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 -- and beyond -- holds for you all on the golf course.
What happens when you pair two of the most emotional players on the PGA Tour together? You get an adventuresome round worthy of any Florida amusement park.
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Consider the Saturday round shared by Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, particularly the back nine. On the par-4 12th, Poulter found himself in the sand, about 12 yards from the pin. And watch what happens next:
Nothing like a high-five that lays you low.
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Later on, Poulter and Horschel wound up asking the Fox broadcast crew to disassemble a camera that was blocking Poulter's shot. Horschel then made a clutch 24-footer at the 17th to keep them in contention. Watch:
Poulter then finished off his sand 'n surf day by chipping out of the muck surrounding the lake on the 18th hole, making a huge splash of water worthy of any Wet 'N Wild guest.
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They didn't win, finishing tied for third, three shots behind Jason Day and Cameron Tringale. But they sure had fun, as evidenced by this post-round tweet:
Great week mate enjoyed it. I will pay for my own dry cleaning today. Hahahaha @BillyHo_Golf Have a great Christmas and New Year mate.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) December 13, 2014
Side note: Based on that Seminoles logo, it looks like Horschel lost a bet on this year's Florida-Florida State football game, because he's orange-and-blue through and through.
The Australian PGA Championship is taking place this week at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia.
That's where Samuel Eaves, an Aussie golfer, had his ball stolen from the middle of a fairway on Friday...
Not by a fan, or a marshal, but by a bird.
Check it out:
Eaves was allowed to replace the ball, without penalty, from the spot where the bird took off with it.
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