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Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rory McIlroy Bans Himself From Social Media After Elkington Spat

Rory McIlroy Bans Himself From Social Media After Elkington Spat

LOndon American Daniel Im and France's Benjamin Hebert shared the first-round Irish Open lead after superb eight-under-par rounds of 64 at Portstewart, where local favorite Rory McIlroy toiled on Thursday.

McIlroy then went on to correct Elkington's grammar in a later tweet.

"I must have wrote that tweet and deleted it about five times before I actually sent it", McIlroy said.

Rory McIlroy has singled out world No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama for special praise ahead of this week's Irish Open at Portstewart.

The Australian accused McIlroy of being bored with golf after having won four Majors and with "100mill in bank.".

He said: "I don't think you are going to get this course much easier".

Lowry right in contention at the Irish Open
Rory McIlroy Bans Himself From Social Media After Elkington Spat

McIlroy will look to win the Irish Open for the second consecutive year this weekend, and the British Open isn't far off with it being scheduled for July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale. Thus it's possible that staying away from the distractions of social media could have more benefits than simply avoiding high-profile disputes.

The four-time major victor revealed he asked his wife Erica Stoll to change the passwords on his social media accounts so he could not access them.

McIlroy said on Wednesday that his heated response to Elkington's assertion that he was "bored" while missing the cut at last month's U.S. Open at Erin Hills convinced him he needed a break from the Twitter-verse.

"Anyone that's been in that environment should realize how hard golf is at times", he added.

I'd be lying if I wrote that I haven't wondered - nearly daily - if this whole social media thing is worth it.

"I'm a bit bewildered by it all, I just got off a flight so I feel a bit out of it". "I have got two big opportunities coming up this summer". You can be aggressive on this golf course obviously, put it in the right spot, give yourself chances and that's really it, and try to make as many as you can.

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