Rory McIlroy: Innocent or naïve? Twitter reacts

Rory McIlroy: Innocent or naïve? Twitter reacts

Following confirmation that Rory McIlroy will not compete at this year’s Open in St Andrews, social media websites have been rife with debate.

The world no. 1 golfer has been forced to withdraw from the Major he won last year after rupturing the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle during a game of football with close friends.

McIlroy confirmed the news via his Instagram account on Wednesday:


The latest development has fuelled the war of words on Twitter in particular, with a clear divide on whether McIlroy’s decision to play football the week before a Major was innocent or blatantly naïve. Here, we’ve pulled together a selection of tweets from sports writers, golf fans and general members of the public who have had their say. First up is Irish Independent writer Vincent Hogan, who feels the criticism of McIlroy is harsh.

That view is echoed by Sporting Life’s golf editor Ben Coley, who invited his followers to take a reality check on the situation.

Paul Hayward, chief sports writer at The Telegraph, is another high-profile journalist who has defended McIlroy’s actions.

Meanwhile, Irish golfer Shane Lowry can’t see what all the fuss is about.

However, it hasn’t all been messages of support for the Holywood native, with golf fans keen to point out that they’d paid for tickets to watch the world’s no. 1 in action.

Indeed, it would seem the criticism of McIlroy from the general public greatly outweighs the support.

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