Rory McIlroy’s response to Steve Elkington calling him out on Twitter is amazing

Rory McIlroy mounted a late charge at Erin Hills, birdieing four of his final six holes. Unfortunately, he found himself four strokes outside the cut line in what had to be a very disappointing effort for the Ulsterman.

Former PGA Tour pro and professional agitator/self promoter on social media, Steve Elkington didn’t see disappointment however.

What Elk saw was “boredom” from the 28-year-old phenom. And, not surprisingly, he said as much on Twitter. What was surprising (especially since he didn’t even tag Rory) was that McIlroy responded.

Elkington, of course, wasn’t one to let sleeping dogs lie or abandon his big megaphone, so he continued to beat the drum that Rory is mostly concerned about his bottom line. Interestingly, McIlroy again responded.

Generally, McIlroy saves his social media ire for members of the media (specifically Brandel Chamblee), so it was surprising (and fantastic) to see him taking on Steve Elkington.

What should he do to show he’s not bored on the course? Act like a toddler ala Jon Rahm this week. Here’s a list of the things Rahm did on course: threw his clubs, screamed the f-word, slammed his putter into the green, punched a sign…is this what we’d rather see from Rory to let us know he really wants to win?

It’s a bold move to question any professional’s dedication to his chosen craft. For Rory to take such a substantial layoff from competition and come back firing on all cylinders was always a big ask.

And, interestingly, McIlroy has made mention of the fact that he doesn’t really care about money and isn’t motivated by it.

Do you remember McIlroy’s remarks in 2015 about potentially winning the $10 million FedExCup bonus, Steve Elkington?

“Luckily, that amount of money doesn’t sort of mean much to me anymore. It will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. It’s nice to think that you could win $10 million this week, but that’s not what excites me. It excites me to play well and to try and win. And the FedEx Cup is one of the only things that I haven’t put on my golf CV, and that would be more exciting to do than walk away with a check.”

In other words, McIlroy is anything but a “money guy.” And “bored?” Well, if he didn’t care about winning the U.S. Open/major championships, why would have have taken every precaution in shutting it down to ensure a full recovery ahead of the championship?