In what could turn out to be an episode of ‘when keeping it real goes wrong’ US Open champion Rory McIlroy decided this week that Twitter isn’t just for making friends.  McIlroy engaged in full out warfare with Golf Channel and BBC 5 commentator Jay Townsend.

Townsend started the fight with this to say about the course management from Rory’s caddy at the Irish Open:

McIlroy took exception and wasn’t shy with his opinion of Townsend:

Townsend responded that he stood by his comments and McIlroy ended saying “well I stand by my caddie.”

Interestingly McIlroy has not apologized or removed the tweet from his account.  Realistically McIlroy was only saying what every athlete thinks about every commentator who criticizes them.  It is yet to be seen if the PGA or McIlroy’s sponsors have anything to say about the spat.

If nothing else this definitely makes McIlroy’s twitter a must follow.

  • Todd Vatalaro

    US Open winner Rory McIlroy, not for the first time in his career, shocked the crowd yet again, but this time not because of his scores. Instead, the newly crowned major champion insulted American media pundit and former European Tour professional Jay Townsend on Twitter.

    • Mark

      You have got to be kidding, The commentator not only critisized Rory, He insulted him multiple times. THe commentator brought it on himself. What he said was wrong and uncalled for and he was jealous because he saw someone not called Tiger perform a monumental feat that he could have never done himself with all the training in the world and multiple lifetimes to try and achieve it. Its about time that these people are allowed to express thier views about the commentators the same way they do on the players. To heck with these eletist people that live by the credo I can critisize and you have to take it whether you like it or not. If these commentators could do, Then they would be players, Not sideline jerks getting paid big money to do nothing but insult and hurt without no worries about recourse.

  • Todd Vatalaro

    McIlroy has not thought of a response for this remark, but he is aware that he’ll have to face a huge fine by the European Tour for expressing disparaging remarks about another professional or any other employee. Since Townsend works for European Tour Productions, therefore, McIlroy has officially stamped himself as the culprit.