Rory McIlroy hits back after accused of being 'bored' by Steve Elkington

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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.

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

It might not be the end of this particular spat, however, it is the end of McIlroy in this year's US Open.

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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. Jack [Nicklaus] won 18 and never mentioned his total cash", Elkington responded. "I'm looking forward to playing some golf over the summer to get some rounds in and improve on what I've shown this week".

"The worst thing I can do is go and force it because that's not my game". The Ulsterman has won $35.5 million on the PGA Tour alone, almost 41 times what Elkington won over his career.

For the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 1986, the top three all missed the cut - with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day sharing McIlroy's fate.

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For the first time since 1974, four players head into the weekend tied atop the leaderboard, with Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman and English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood locked at seven-under 137.

The 28-year-old, who has previously won the US Open, US PGA and Open Championship, needs only to win the Masters to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam.

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