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Watch: Rory McIlroy won't be tweeting for the time being - and here's why

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy has no idea what his Twitter password is anymore.

That's because he asked his wife Erica to change his password and lock him out after he bit-back at online criticism.

It came from 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington, who wrote: “Rory is so bored playing golf...without Tiger the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank.”

And Rory reacted when he Tweeted: “More like 200mil... not bad for a “bored” 28 year old... plenty more where that came from” with a list of some of his achievements attached.

Defending champion and tournament host Rory McIlroy at his press conference ahead of this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

But speaking at his Irish Open press conference, Rory revealed he's on a social media sabbatical.

"I must have wrote that tweet and deleted it about five times before I actually sent it," he smiled. "I sort of regretted sending it at the end. I gave my wife Erica my phone and my Twitter and said change my password, don't tell me what it is.

"As of the time being, I'm off social media. I don't need to read it. It's stuff that shouldn't get to you and sometimes it does. I'm off it for a while.

"It's not what was said, it was who said it. Anyone who's been in that environment should realise how hard golf is at times and I think that's the thing that got to me more than anything else. If it was written by a member of the media I could let it slide because I could say to myself they don't know what you have to deal with but it was a former player who has won a major and been successful. That's why it got to me and why I retaliated."

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