Rory McIlroy is in line to pick up some more honors in 2012.
The United States Sports Academy has nominated McIlroy for its Male Athlete of the Year award. He’s one of a dozen athletes — including NBA star LeBron James, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic and record-breaking footballer Lionel Messi — to be in the running for this annual award.
The USSA, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will reveal the award winner on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
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McIlroy also made the shortlist for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, joining 11 Olympic or Paralympic athletes.
Cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, 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, which will be announced on Dec. 16. While the shortlist was selected by a panel of experts, the winner will be decided by a public vote.
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McIlroy had four victories in 2012, including the PGA Championship in record fashion and a pair of FedExCup Playoffs events. He had 10 top-10 finishes in all and is one of the nominees to win PGA TOUR player of the year.