IT COULD crown a glorious year for the wonder kid of golf.
For Rory McIlroy has been nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2012.
The 23-year-old Holywood lad just couldn’t stop winning this year.
He triumphed across the Atlantic as he took the US PGA title, played in Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team and last weekend won the season-ending World Tour Championship.
But it will not be a foregone conclusion that World No 1 golfer McIlroy will lift the BBC crown.
He is up against stiff competition this year – he is only the contender for the title who didn’t take part in the London Olympics or Paralympics this summer.
Cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, and athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah are candidates in a 12-strong list.
Rower Katherine Grainger, boxer Nicola Adams and sailor Ben Ainslie are other hopefuls.
Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir also make the list for the award on 16 December.
The overall winner of the coveted title will be decided on the night through a public vote.
After winning in Sunday’s World Tour Championship, McIlroy said: “What an unbelieveable way to finish an unbelieveable year.”
And it could become even more unbelieveable if McIlroy is crown BBC Sports Personality of the year 2012.