Rio 2016: McIlroy takes on two boxers in bout of Twitter banter


Rory McIlroy has responded to two Irish boxers after being mocked by the duo on Twitter.

Ireland flagbearer Paddy Barnes and compatriot Michael Conlan, who are eyeing gold in Rio, have been doing the rounds and getting selfies with various competitors.

And one tweet from Barnes was directed at McIlroy - who pulled out of the Games citing fears over the Zika virus, but made no secret of his cynicism regarding golf's inclusion - as he posed for a picture with the four-time major winner's ex-fiancee Caroline Wozniacki, suggesting they "make a great couple".

On Sunday McIlroy replied to the pair with a good-humoured retort, wishing them luck and adding: "If your boxing is as good as your tweeting it should be 2 guaranteed golds."

Barnes and Conlan - who himself had taken aim at McIlroy in another tweet where he was pictured with Rickie Fowler - gave kudos to the 27-year-old for being able to take a joke, bringing an apparent end to their friendly Twitter sparring session.