McIlroy labelled a 'spoilt brat' after spat with commentator
Rory McIlroy has been accused of being "childish", "immature" and "a spoilt brat" after launching an extraordinary attack on a former European Tour professional turned commentator who criticised the Ulsterman's "shocking course management" and his caddie.
The battleground was Twitter.
"Shut up," McIlroy tweeted to Jay Townsend, an American best known for summarising on BBC Radio 5 live. "You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing."
The 22-year-old may risk a fine from the Tour as Townsend is actually here at the Irish Open working for European Tour Productions, who broadcast a world feed.
Immediately McIlroy's saintly reputation took a hit in America. The Golf Channel carried the coverage and after hearing of the unseemly row, presenter Erik Kuselias demanded on 'Morning Drive' that McIlroy apologise to former European Tour player Townsend.
"This is childish, immature," said Kuselias. "He comes across as a spoilt brat who feels entitled. This is dumb from someone we've all probably anointed just a little too quickly. I fully expect an apology in the morning."
During his commentary, Townsend was critical of McIlroy's decision-making as he struggled in for a one-under 70 after being four-under after 10 holes.