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Rory McIlroy has angry Twitter exchange with commentator

Rory McIlroy in Twitter spat with commentator
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Rory McIlroy ends a disappointing first day at the Irish Open with a heated exchange of words on Twitter with commentator Jay Townsend.

Rory McIlroy ended a disappointing first day at the Irish Open with a heated exchange of words on Twitter with commentator Jay Townsend.

The Irishman started strongly at the Killarney event but concluded the day's play on a 1-under 70.

McIlroy's performance caused Townsend to tweet: "McIlroy's course management was shocking.

"[It was] some of the worst I have ever seen beyond under-10 boys' golf competition."

Angered by the comments, the 22-year-old tweeted in reply: "Shut up... you're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!"

The US Open winner went on to defend his caddie, JP Fitzgerald, who has been with the player since 2008.

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