Australian golfer Adam Scott and surfing champion Mick Fanning have both missed out on prized Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur.
Motorcycling sensation Marc Marquez took out Breakthrough of the Year honours at the ceremony on Wednesday night ahead of Scott, who’d been nominated for his drought-breaking US Masters victory at Augusta last year.
Marquez earned the most votes after becoming the youngest ever MotoGP world champion at 20 years 266 days.
Three-time finalist Fanning was again denied the Action Sports Person of the Year award, which went to British BMX rider Jamie Bestwick – the only athlete to win eight straight gold medals in X-Games history.
Fanning had been nominated for his efforts in clinching a third world surfing title and denying legend Kelly Slater his 12th on the last stop of 2013 tour.
It caps off a disappointing week for Scott, who on Sunday lost his chance to defend his Masters title next month as world No.1 with a sloppy final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Miami.
Fanning is coming off a disappointment of his own, finishing fifth in the opening round of his world surfing tour title defence on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
While neither Scott nor Fanning were at the function, Australia’s last Laureus winner back in 2010 – five-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore – was on hand as a presenter.
Only seven Australians have ever won a Laureus award, all except Gilmore’s coming between 2000 and 2004.
Winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a panel made up of 46 sporting greats.