Sunday 21 January 2018

Rory McIlroy has the perfect response to online wind ups from Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan

Rory McIlroy bided his time but he has finally responded to the Irish boxing team, who have been trying to wind up the former world number one golfer all week.

McIlroy's decision not to travel to Rio for the Olympic Games created plenty of headlines and the Irish boxing team seem determined to keep the Northern Irishman in the spotlight.

McIlroy cited the Zika virus for his reasoning not to participate in the Games and earlier this week, Paddy Barnes tweeted an image of his bed in Rio and the extensive mosquito protection provided, and mocked golf's world number four saying: "you should have came mate, they had this bed set up for you and everything!"

Irish flag-bearer Barnes and world champion Michael Conlan are known for their hilarious antics on social media, and the latter was next to troll McIlroy when he teamed up with Rickie Fowler to send McIlroy a message.

McIlroy's ex, Caroline Wozniacki, is in Rio to represent Demark in tennis and must have bumped into Barnes in the Olympic Village, which he obviously thought provided another opportunity to get one over on the famous golfer.



But it is water of a duck's back for McIlroy who took to Twitter to say: "good luck lads! If your boxing is as good as your tweeting it should be 2 guaranteed golds!!"

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