McIl­roy ditches so­cial me­dia af­ter spat with Elk­ing­ton

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

PORT­STEW­ART, IRE­LAND — Rory McIl­roy is tak­ing a break from so­cial me­dia af­ter get­ting em­broiled in a Twit­ter spat with fel­low golfer Steve Elk­ing­ton.

Af­ter McIl­roy missed the cut by four shots at the U.S. Open last month, Elk­ing­ton, a for­mer U.S. PGA cham­pion, tweeted that the North­ern Ir­ish­man was "bored" of play­ing golf be­cause he had plenty of money in the bank.

Four-time ma­jor win­ner McIl­roy tweeted in re­sponse to Elk­ing­ton, be­fore post­ing a screen­shot of his Wikipedia en­try which lists some of his achieve­ments.

“I sort of re­gret send­ing it at the end,” McIl­roy said Wed­nes­day, “but I ac­tu­ally gave my wife, Er­ica, my phone and my Twit­ter and told her, ‘Change my pass­word to some­thing else and don’t tell me what it is.’ So as of the time be­ing, I’m off so­cial me­dia just be­cause of that rea­son. I don’t need to read it. It’s stuff that shouldn’t get to you and some­times it does.”

Speak­ing ahead of the Ir­ish Open at Port­stew­art Golf Club, an event which ben­e­fits his own foun­da­tion, McIl­roy said he would have ig­nored the crit­i­cism if it had come from a mem­ber of the pub­lic or me­dia.

“But a for­mer player that has won a ma­jor and been suc­cess­ful, that’s sort of why it got to me,” McIl­roy said, “and that’s why I sort of re­tal­i­ated a lit­tle bit.”

McIl­roy hasn’t won — or se­ri­ously con­tended at — a ma­jor since cap­tur­ing the 2014 U.S. PGA Cham­pi­onship. The Bri­tish Open takes place at Royal Birk­dale from July 20-23, and he played there last week. McIl­roy is fit again af­ter an in­jury-hit 2017 so far. “I’m close,” said McIl­roy, ranked No. 4. “I’ve got two big op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up this sum­mer. Birk­dale is a golf course I feel I can do well at. And then Quail Hol­low for the PGA, I’ve won there two times, my first win on the PGA Tour and last time I won by seven.

“I think they are two op­por­tu­ni­ties for me to get back on the ma­jor lad­der.”

McIl­roy won the Ir­ish Open last year. He plays along­side Jon Rahm and Hideki Mat­suyama in the first two rounds.

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