Fellow caddie says Robert Allenby should clean up his act

Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:27pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - A caddie who witnessed the fiery verbal confrontation between Robert Allenby and his caddie during the Canadian Open is appalled by the way the player treated his bagman.

Simon Clarke watched the dust up between Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo on Thursday, because he was working for another player in the group, South Korean S.J. Park. Allenby sacked caddie Middlemo on his fourth hole, the par-five 13th at Glen Abbey, with the 44-year-old player claiming the two disputed club selection on the approach shot, which found the creek in front of the green and led to a triple bogey.

Clarke, who has known fellow Australian Allenby for two decades, said he was speaking publicly only because he did not want Middlemo's reputation to be unfairly maligned.

“I wouldn’t be talking about it if he (Allenby) didn’t tell the media afterwards a whole lot of porky pies,” Clarke told Reuters on Friday.

“I’ve known Rob for a long time and I’ve known Mick for a long time. It’s disappointing that at age 42, or however old he (Allenby) is, he’s still treating people that way and how many good caddies he’s gone through.

"It’s sad that he speaks to the guys this way and doesn’t wait until after the round. It’s disappointing that he’s up to his old tricks.”

Allenby did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

Clarke observed that while caddies often make suggestions about club selection, the final decision is ultimately up to the player.   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.  John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports