Wednesday 26 July 2017

Rory rises to Elkington bait in Twitter row

After missing the US Open cut by four strokes, McIlroy was easy fodder. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
After missing the US Open cut by four strokes, McIlroy was easy fodder. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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A Twitter jibe by a near forgotten Australian should be the least of Rory McIlroy's worries after his third missed cut in his last five Major starts.

However, the world of social media lapped up Friday's Twitter spat between the world No 2 and 54-year old Steve Elkington, a former US PGA winner whose social media pearls frequently cause offence.

"Things about Southport… fat tattooed guy, fat tattooed girl, trash, Pakistani robber guy, s**t food," Elkington tweeted during the 2013 Senior Open at Royal Birkdale.

When a helicopter crashed into a Glasgow pub in 2012, killing 10 people, he tweeted: "Locals report no beer was spilled."

After missing the US Open cut by four strokes, McIlroy (above) was easy fodder for Elkington's latest crusade against what he perceives as overpaid, underachievers on the PGA Tour.

"Rory is so bored playing golf...without Tiger the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank," Elkington tweeted.

McIlroy hit back with: "More like 200mil... not bad for a 'bored' 28-year-old... plenty more where that came from."

Elkington responded: "New you were a money guy. Jack won 18 and never mentioned his total cash. It was 5 mill."

McIlroy replied: "That's why Jack designed 100's of golf courses... and it's knew... mustn't have taught grammar in the 50's..."

While social media unanimously declared McIlroy the winner by KO, it was a needless exchange.

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