Rory McIlroy destroys Steve Elkington after Elk tries to call him out

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Rory McIlroy didn't appreciate fellow golfer Steve Elkington's suggestion that a lack of motivation played a role in McIlroy missing the cut at this week's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

"Rory is so bored playing golf...without Tiger the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank", Elkington tweeted.

However, still hurting from his early exit, the criticism didn't sit well with McIlroy, who responded, saying: "More like 200mil... not bad for a "bored" 28 year old...plenty more where that came from", before listing his various achievements on the golf course.

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

Elkington then replied that he knew McIlroy was a "money guy" and that Jack Nicklaus won 18 major titles and never spoke about money.

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The US Open was only his seventh appearance of the year, following two lay-offs caused by a rib injury plus a few weeks away from golf to celebrate his wedding to American beauty Erica Stoll.

"Even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, I think these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer".

World number one Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day won't be involved in Saturday's third round at the US Open.

Steve Elkington is best-known for being a longtime golfer on the PGA Tour and winning the 1995 PGA Championship.