Thursday 23 March 2017

Bitter tweet for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. Photo: Getty Images

RORY McILROY and his Ryder Cup comrade Lee Westwood like to fire the occasional bitter tweet at each other but their exchanges have been poison-tipped in recent days.

Westwood landed the first stinging blow on McIlroy when he accused his International Sports Management stablemate of becoming "half Danish".

The 'banter' started when McIlroy, who'd opted out of the Seve Trophy, suggested he was cheering on the Europeans in their spirited fightback against the Great Britain and Ireland team on Sunday afternoon.

"Is it wrong that I'm enjoying this European comeback in the Seve trophy??" he asked, later adding: "never cheered for Thomas Bjorn as much as I did today!"

Beaten by Dane Bjorn in the top match, Westwood responded through agent Chubby Chandler: "Thanks Chubb. Rory's disappointed! Apparently he's half Danish now!"

That thinly veiled reference to McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, was followed by a stinging tweet direct to the Ulsterman: "At least you made a choice on this one! What shall I be? Irish/British? British/Irish? Confused!"

To which McIlroy replied: "At least I'm not English."

McIlroy's former girlfriend Holly Sweeney then posted an appropriate riposte to both parties: "handbags at dawn!"

With stablemates like this...

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