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Rory McIlroy's brilliant response to Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan Rio Olympics tweets

By Claire Williamson

Rory McIlroy has responded to a series of tweets poking fun at him from Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan at the Olympics.

McIlroy made headlines earlier this year when he opted out of representing Ireland in Rio after citing concerns over the Zika virus.

The Holywood golfer is just one of many high-profile golfers to withdraw from the Olympics - the first Games to feature golf since 1904.

He also made it clear that he feels that the games do not represent the "pinnacle" of the sport and said he would be watching the "events that matter".

The world number 4 golfer is due marry fiancee Erica Stoll next year.

However Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, who are widely tipped to bring home gold at the games, have been having some fun on social media.

Barnes, who was the flag bearer for team Ireland, bumped into McIlroy's ex Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy and the Danish tennis player had a very public break-up and famously split in 2014, days after their wedding invitations were sent.

Barnes tweeted:

Meanwhile Michael Conlan posed for a selfie with golfer Rickie Fowler who called McIlroy out for not "turning up" for the games.

But it seems as though Rory has had the final say.

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