McIlroy in heated Twitter exchange

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US Open champ Rory McIlroy was less than impressed with some critical tweets written by American Jay Townsend.

US Open champ Rory McIlroy was less than impressed with some critical tweets written by American Jay Townsend.

McIlroy, who led for part of the day at the Irish Open on Thursday, reaching four under after only 10 holes, stumbled late in his round to eventually card a one-under-par 70.

His late slip included a nasty double-bogey six at the last hole, leading former PGA Tour and European Tour golfer Jay Townsend to make some choice comments about McIlroy’s overall performance.

“McIlroy’s course management was shocking,” tweeted Townsend.

“(It was) some of the worst I have ever seen beyond under-10 boys’ golf competition,” he added.

This led to McIlroy reacting angrily, as he tweeted back: “Shut up… you’re a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!”

Townsend replied that he stood by his comments, to which McIlroy hit back: “Well, I stand by my caddie.”

After the exchange, McIlroy told PA Sport: “He’s been having a go at JP (McIlroy’s caddie, JP Fitzgerald, who he’s been with since mid-2008) every now and again since then and this was the first time I’ve responded – it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“Now I’ve blocked him on Twitter so I won’t be reading anything more.”

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