A couple of good rounds in a row, and McIlroy could have been working his way back into contention by Sunday.
But again, McIlroy came back with fire.
That tweet included a screenshot of McIlroy's achievements on the course. He's 13 strokes behind Rickie Fowler, who is now one stroke ahead with players still on the course.
It hardly matter as he birdied the 198-yard 13th from 15 feet but then followed a bogey the par-five 14th after a poor third with a birdie two from four feet at the short 16th.
McIlroy fired a second barrel, correcting Elkington's errant English in the process. "So, no, that's totally fine", McIlroy said.
HARTFORD, WI-The U.S. Open concluded Friday with some surprising first round cuts.
"I'm going to play a lot more than I have in the first half of the year". "I got off to a bit of a shaky start and hit a few bogeys".
Fowler settled for a second place finish at both the U.S. Open and British Open that year.
"I don't think it was the putter in this tournament - it was the guy on the end of it", he said.
As it stands, almost everyone in the field did a better job of hitting the fairways than McIlroy, and he was actually the beneficiary of the shortened rough.
After missing the US Open cut by four strokes, McIlroy (above) was easy fodder for Elkington's latest crusade against what he perceives as overpaid, underachievers on the PGA Tour.