Robert Allenby and his former caddy allegedly had a bust up at the RBC Canadian Open yesterday that ended with Allenby firing his caddy on the spot, only to finish the round with some dude from the gallery.
After Mick Middlemo, who was caddying for Allenby at the time, suggested Allenby hit a 7-iron, Allenby pulled an 8-iron that fell short into a hazard, which eventually lead to a penalty stroke and a triple bogey. Chaos ensued.
Middlemo told Golf Channel that Allenby said, “I’m so sick of this fucking bullshit, you cunt,” before eventually firing him.
Per The Courier Mail:
Robert Allenby allegedly called his caddie a “fat cunt” and threatened to have him banned for life from the PGA Tour, prompting a row that ended with the 15-year bagman storming off mid-round at the Canadian Open.
A “he said, she said” followed as Allenby refused to come out of this looking like the bad guy who couldn’t reach the green. After Middlemo said his side of the story, Allenby told his own.
“He just lost the plot at me,” Allenby said. “He just told me I could go fuck myself. He just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up.
“I said, ‘stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game. And he just got even closer and closer and I just said, ‘That’s it, you’re sacked’.
“This is the worst incident I’ve ever witnessed as a player.
“I’ve never been threatened and as he walked away he said, ‘I’ll be waiting for you in the car park’.
In the most Australian argument ever — I mean, they say “lost the plot,” “sacked,” and “car park” — neither seem to have any chill. But as someone who never truly wanted to believe that Allenby was kidnapped and robbed at a strip club in Hawaii back in February (I chose to believe he went on a huge bender and had Scaries after), I think I’m siding with the caddy here.
Either way, this is a page directly out of Shooter McGavin’s book when he fired his caddie mid-round after a poor club suggestion. Fast-forward to 1:19 if you need a refresher:
Allenby and his new makeshift caddy, a 61-year-old school principal, finished out the round with an 81 before withdrawing from the tournament altogether. .
[via Courier Mail]
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