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Justin Rose named on Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

Justin Rose has been added to the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2013 shortlist, it has been announced. The golfer, who won the US Open in June, will now be put to the public vote against some of the best sportspeople in the country, where he will be in with a chance to win the coveted award.

Rose was the first Englishman to win the US Open at Merion, which is the main reason for his inclusion on the shortlist. However, Rose will need to get the public on side if he is to win the award, with some excellent talents vying for the public’s approval.

The other sports people in the running include Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, sailor Ben Ainslie, cyclist Chris Froome, rugby hero Leigh Halfpenny, jockey AP McCoy, cricketer Ian Bell and athletes Mo Farrah, Christine Ohuruogu and Hannah Cockroft.

With Andy Murray currently favourite with the bookies to take home the award, it will be interesting to see the results when they are revealed at the awards ceremony on December 15, with voting open to the public on that night.

We’re hoping Justin Roses' contributions to the sport of golf will give him an edge in securing victory. Our fingers are crossed.