McIlroy, who has four major titles, wrote: "More like $200-million".
And he was also encouraged by the fact he managed to finish with a flourish. Then, just two months later, he wrote that openly gay football player Michael Sam was "leading the handbag throw" at the NFL draft combine, resulting in widespread condemnation and a two-week PGA Tour suspension. Restored to near-full health for the first time all year, he always produces his best golf when he feels like he has something to prove andhe's clearly looking forward to the challenge.
When a high-profile golfer misses the cut in a major it's the easiest jibe in the world to say they've become too comfortable.
Jason Day is also in the Travelers field.
"I'm going to play a lot more than I have in the first half of the year". I know I'm doing the right thing.
"Of course I'm hungry and I want to win more tournaments as quickly as possible". I sort of have to let it come to me a little bit.
He was not the only top player to leave Wisconsin in a hurry.
Their departure raised the prospect of this US Open producing a seventh consecutive first-time victor at the Majors.
For the first time since 1974, four players head into the weekend tied atop the leaderboard, with Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman and English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood locked at seven-under 137.
So when Steve Elkington, a 54-year-old one-time major victor (1995 PGA Championship) out of Australia who never finished better than T21 at the U.S. Open, made a decision to call out McIlroy on Twitter, he was quick to respond.
Interestingly, Erin Hills turned away three other golfers in the top 10.