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Saturday 22 July 2017

McIlroy dismisses Twitter criticism after US Open exit

Rory McIlroy stood firm after criticism of his commitment to golf (AP)
Rory McIlroy stood firm after criticism of his commitment to golf (AP)
Rory McIlroy stood firm after criticism of his commitment to golf

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions he was "bored" with golf after missing the cut in the US Open for the second year in succession.

McIlroy birdied four of his last six holes at Erin Hills to improve seven shots on his opening 78, but still missed the cut by four shots.

That appeared to prompt 1995 US PGA champion Steve Elkington to write on Twitter that "Rory is so bored playiing golf...without Tiger [Woods] the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank."

But that was met with a swift response from McIlroy who wrote "More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old... plenty more where that came from" and posted a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game.

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011 and claimed his second major title in the US PGA the following year. The Northern Irishman then won the Open Championship and US PGA in 2014, meaning he needs only to win the Masters to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam.

A rib injury restricted McIlroy to just six tournaments before the US Open, but he plans to play in next week's Travelers Championship and the Irish Open, Scottish Open and Open Championship in successive weeks in July.

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