Rory McIlroy fires back at former pro Steve Elkington on Twitter following U.S. Open MC

June 17, 2017

Rory McIlroy’s best shot of the week came away from U.S. Open grounds.

After missing the cut by four strokes at Erin Hills, McIlroy was called out by former pro Steve Elkington for being “so bored playing golf…without Tiger…” Elkington, 54, played the latter end of his career against Woods, and is likely well aware of just how much money he brought into the professional game. So, in on-brand, off-the-cuff fashion, Elkington tied Rory’s ‘boredom’ to a dollar figure, and McIlroy chirped back.

According to Forbes, McIlroy made $50 million last year, two-thirds of which came from endorsements alone. He is listed at no. 6 on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes. Elkington responded that Jack Nicklaus, with his 18 majors, never talked about how much money he had won, and McIlroy responded again.