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Matt Fitzpatrick has decided to skip next month’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. 

The Telegraph is reporting that the US Open champion has “politely declined” an invitation to attend the Beeb’s annual celebration of sport, scheduled to take place at Media City UK in Salford on Wednesday, December 21.

Fitzpatrick, 28, won his maiden major in June when he held off Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler to win the US Open at Brookline. He subsequently finished 14th on the FedEx Cup standings, fourth on the Race to Dubai and broke into the world’s top-10 for the first time in what was unquestionably the best year of his career to date.

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Despite all that, however, he is a massive long shot to win the BBC SPOTY gong, with some bookmakers currently listing him at 150/1.

Indeed, it has been rumoured that the Englishman might even struggle to make the shortlist for the award, following the decision to cut it from ten to six.

England footballer Beth Mead is the leading favourite to take the prize, with Harry Kane, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Tyson Fury and Leah Williamson also heavily fancied.

Golfers have been routinely overlooked by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year since the award’s inception in 1954.

Dai Rees in 1957 and Sir Nick Faldo in 1989 are the only two golfers ever to win.

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Despite winning two major championships in 2014, Rory McIlroy finished second that year behind F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, with his Northern Irish compatriot Darren Clarke finishing second to Zara Phillips and Mark Cavendish in 2006 and 2011 respectively.

The last British golfer to win the US Open before Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, finished ninth out of the ten shortlisted athletes in 2013.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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