Allenby's caddie walks off mid-round at Canadian Open

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:22am EDT
 
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Robert Allenby’s bizarre season took another strange turn when his caddie walked off the course midway through the first round of the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.

It is second time in eight years that Allenby's caddie has quit during the round, leaving the player to find a spectator to carry his bag for the remaining holes.

The trouble started at Allenby's fourth hole, the par-five 13th at Glen Abbey, when the 44-year-old Australian and bagman Mick Middlemo disagreed over club selection for the approach shot.

His subsequent shot found the creek in front of the green, which led to a heated confrontation and a triple bogey.

"My nerves have been rattled. I’m in shock,” Allenby told SCOREGolf after shooting 81 and withdrawing from the tournament. “This is the worst incident I’ve ever witnessed as a player.

“I said to him (Middlemo), ‘You know this happens every week. We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances’.

“He just lost the plot at me. He 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'."

Middlemo's offered a different version of events, and a well placed source tells Reuters the final straw came when Allenby swore at the caddie. “Robert’s a pretty highly strung individual and he hasn’t been playing great of late,” Middlemo told Australian radio station SEN.   Continued...

 
May 7, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Robert Allenby hits a shot from the 15th fairway during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports