Rory says he needs break from Twit­ter

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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 sent a tweet in re­sponse to Elk­ing­ton, be­fore post­ing a screen­shot of his Wikipedia en­try that lists some of his achieve­ments in the game.

“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.”

AP/Hart­ford Courant/BRAD HORRIGAN

Golfer Rory McIl­roy is tak­ing a break from Twit­ter af­ter a spat with fel­low golfer Steve Elk­ing­ton.

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