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Rory McIlroy, Steve Elkington battle on Twitter

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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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  1. Matt

    Jun 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    As long as we’re correcting grammar: use of a colon does not end a sentence, the word following one shouldn’t be capitalized.

  2. chinchbugs

    Jun 19, 2017 at 10:31 am

    boys will be boys…

  3. Big Richard Cox

    Jun 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Neither one of them would win Head Buckaroo at the Grammar Rodeo.

    • AC

      Jun 18, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Awesome comment! Had me laughing…well played!

  4. Rich

    Jun 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Looks like Elkington got under McIlroy’s skin if you ask me.

  5. Travis

    Jun 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Because Elkington is completely qualified to make those comments…

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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Steph Curry did anything but embarrass himself in Web.com Tour debut

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Vegas set the over/under on Steph Curry’s opening round at the Ellie Mae Classic at 76.5.

And Curry didn’t sound like the confident man who’s perennially ready to hoist a 3-pointer from any distance in his post-practice round press conference yesterday.

But when he stepped inside the ropes as a competitor, the Golden State Warriors point guard was very much the man who does things like this

Which is really impressive, considering this post-round quote:

“As soon as he said my name on the first tee, I couldn’t feel anything. After about four holes I settled down.”

So, if you bet the over, you can’t be blamed. Curry, however, had other plans for his debut, getting around par-70 TPC Stonebrae in 74 strokes.

After starting off with a bogey (and a tee shot that landed in a golf cart cup holder), Curry played his remaining 17 holes in a respectable three over. That’s pretty damn good.

The highlight was a curling birdie putt at the par-3 sixth hole (his 15th of the day). Jordan Spieth’s fellow Under Armour sponsee celebrated with a variation on Spieth’s “go get that” Open command (per ESPN’s Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry plays to a 0.6 handicap, did excellent work at TPC Stonebrae, it has to be said. And while he was tied for 141st at the time he completed his round, his plus-4 round placed him four strokes off the cut-line pace and ahead of a handful of pros.

Enjoy a few highlights of No. 30’s 74, courtesy of the Web.com Tour. As you can see, Curry’s shots aren’t dripping with tour pro precision (yet), but the man is a solid scrambler and a gritty competitor.

Well played, Mr. Curry.

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