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McIlroy rubbishes Elk's 'bored' critique

Press Association logoPress Association 17/06/2017 Theo Katsaros

Rory McIlroy has hit back at a suggestion by Steve Elkington that he was "bored" with golf after he missed the cut at the US Open for the second year in succession.

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

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

Texas-based Australian Elkington then tweeted.

"Nobody more gifted than Rory... Hes so bored playing golf on tour."

McIlroy was not amused and Elkington's assessment was met with a swift response.

"More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old... plenty more where that came from," McIlroy tweeted, with an accompanying screenshot of his Wikipedia entry that lists some of his achievements in the game.

Elkington responded with a reference to golf great Kack Nicklaus: "New you were a money guy... Jack won 18 and never mentioned his total cash.. It was 5 mill."

To which 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...."

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 then the Irish Open, Scottish Open and Open Championship in successive weeks in July.

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 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.

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