Lee Westwood lashed out at critics on Twitter after a poor last round saw him drop down the leaderboard at the US PGA Championship.
After finishing third in The Open last month, the Worksop golfer began his 63rd major well, shooting a first round 66 to put himself amongst the early leaders.
A three over par 73 made his task more difficult on the second day, but a 68 on the third day at Oak Hill helped him recover to hold an outside chance at success.
But a poor last round of 76, including six bogeys and a double bogey at the par three third saw Westwood drop from seventh place to a share of 33rd in the last major of the year, 13 shots off the pace set by winner Jason Dufner.
Speaking before the final round, Westwood said: “My game has been great all week other than a poor finish yesterday, which you can’t really afford to do in major championships, give shots away like that.
“My game is a strong game, getting better every day. I’m pleased with the work I’m doing with Sean and feel like I’m getting more control on the golf ball. I like the work I’m doing on the greens as well, I feel like I’m putting a good roll on it”
However, Westwood did not react well to criticism on Twitter, addressing a series of aggressive tweets to ‘haters’ and ‘trolls’ this morning (Monday).
One tweet read: “Come on you girly boy trolls! I’ve only won just over 2 mill on course this year! Need you to keep me entertained a bit longer than this!” while a second mocked others’ spelling: “If you’re going to abuse me at least do it properly! Numbskulls!”
After a series of over 50 tweets responding to comments from more than 500,000 followers, Westwood posted: “Not been hacked. Just honest. Bored now. Westy out.”