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McIlroy barks at mild Twitter criticism

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It seems Rory McIlroy has turned sensitive since his epic U.S. Open victory last month at Congressional.

Immediately after the final round of the Open Championship the 22-year-old rambled about how he didn’t care much for the weather and didn’t like playing in tournaments where weather decides the outcome.

Thursday, following a first-round 70 at the Irish Open, McIlroy shot back at a tweet that questioned his course management when he made double bogey on the 18th hole.

Golf Channel’s European Tour analyst Jay Townsend cast the first stone, although it was hardly blasphemous, saying: “McIlroy’s course management was shocking.”

Townsend followed by retweeting several comments from his followers, most of which agreed with Townsend’s original comment. In later tweets, Townsend again questioned course management and even suggested that McIlroy's caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald, should've done a better job guiding his boss around the course.

Seventeen minutes later McIlroy responded with, “shut up.... You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!”

Just 11 days ago, McIlroy shot 71-69-74-73 for a 7-over 287 total to finish well off Darren Clarke’s pace at the British Open.

“I’m not a fan of golf tournament that the outcomes predicted so much by the weather,” he said on that dreary day at Royal St. George’s.