Rory McIlroy didn’t have his best stuff at the U.S. Open. In this wake of his poor performance and missed cut, McIlroy decided to respond to blow off some steam, responding to PGA Tour Champions pro and polemicist Steve Elkington’s suggestion that the Ulsterman is bored with the game.

Seeing McIlroy outside the cutline compelled Steve Elkington, no stranger to Twitter-related controversy, to offer this take on McIlroy.

McIlroy, who generally stays above the fray unless Brandel Chamblee is involved, fired back. He also refuted the suggestion that Jack Nicklaus didn’t care about money, since the Golden Bear has spent his post-playing career making oodles of it.

McIlroy missed the strokes by four shots, despite birdieing four of his last six holes. Ultimately, poor driving during his opening-round 78 cost him a shot at the weekend.

McIlroy has teed it up just six times this season owing to a rib injury. He missed his usual tune-up at the Memorial, so it wasn’t a surprise when he turned up to Erin Hills with a bit of rust. Still, the way he got things in gear during his final holes suggest that McIlroy is both healthy and ready to play at a high level.

It’s unclear what Elkington based his assessment of Rory’s level of dedication, but you’d have to assume if he didn’t care about winning majors, he wouldn’t have erred on the side of caution and would have played the Memorial, where he’d doubtless cash a big check.

And a final word: Shoutout to Rory for correcting Elkington’s notoriously poor spelling and grammar.

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