Don't tell Rory McIlroy that he's bored playing golf

McIlroy dismisses Twitter criticism after US Open exit

The world No 2 had a shocker at Erin Hills - then dived into a war of words with former USPGA champ Steve Elkington. And while it will be a little jarring to not have the 2011 U.S. Open champion on the course this weekend, it wasn't totally a surprise: McIlroy has played just 24 competitive rounds in 2017 while dealing with a rib injury, so he's still finding his footing this year.

Australian golfer Steve Elkington was on the wrong end of a Twitter spat against Rory McIlroy Friday night.

Other professionals, golf journalists and civilian Twitter users entered the free-for-all, a lot of them siding with McIlroy, but Elkington remained undeterred, responding "New [sic] you were a money guy".

The title of the world's best golfer has changed hands fairly regularly following McIlroy's climb to the top, with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day enjoying spells at No.1 before Johnson's march up the ladder.

McIlroy tweeted back: "More like 200 mill - not bad for a "bored" 28-year-old.plenty more where that came from".

McIlroy has revealed that he intends to play in next week's Travelers Championship and the Irish Open, Scottish Open and Open Championship in successive weeks in July.

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

Elkington also claimed McIlroy was happy enough with four majors and "100 million in the bank".

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