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Rory McIlroy and Jay Townsend have it out on Twitter

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rory-mcilroy.jpgRory McIlroy and BBC golf analyst Jay Townsend got into a Twitter brouhaha yesterday after the former European Tour player criticized the U.S. Open champion's caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald.

After McIlroy's double bogey on the 18th hole gave him a first-round 70 at the Irish Open, Townsend did some critiquing in 140-character bursts.

"McIlroy's course management was shocking," he tweeted. "He should hire Steve Williams as I thought JP allowed some SHOCKING course management today."
Townsend's criticism focused on the decision by McIlroy and Fitzgerald to use a driver off the last hole, instead of laying up like his playing partners. The drive ended up in a fairway bunker.

Later, Townsend took his opinion of the decision-making a step farther.

"Some of the worst course management I have ever seen beyond under 10s boys competition."That was enough for the 22-year-old to fire back.

"Shut up... You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!" McIlroy tweeted.

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