Robert Allenby Fired His Caddy In Mid-Round At Canadian Open, Replaced Him With Random Guy In Crowd
Rick Chandler 08:28 pm, July 23rd, 2015
Australina Robert Allenby may be the most interesting man on the PGA Tour -- at least lately. You may recall in mid-January when he told police that he was beaten and robbed after the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Few believed hi, mostly because Allenby was spotted at a strip club that same night. But earlier this month, a man pleaded guilty to using Allenby's credit cards.
Now this: during the Canadian Open in Oakville, Canada today, Allenby got into a confrontation with his regular caddy, Mick Middlemo, during the tournament, and fired him. So he piched a guy out of the crowd to be his caddy for the 18th hole.
Allenby explained what happened on his blog:
“I said to [Middlemo], ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for like the last three or four or five months. We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances,’” Allenby said after his round of 81. “And he just lost the plot at me. He just told me I could go eff myself. And I said, ‘Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.’ And then 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.' I said, ‘I will never have you caddie ever again.’ And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine) and when we got to 18 we walked off and he said some smartass remark to me and I said, ‘You don’t deserve to be caddying out there.’ And he just got right in my face and threatened me so I said, ‘Go.’ So he left.”
So Tom Fraser, a high school principal from Kingston, Ont., volunteered to carry his bags over the final hole.
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"He did a great job," Allenby said. "He did everything he was told. He was a nice guy. I’m really thankful that he helped me out. It was nice to have someone friendly on the bag who didn’t want to threaten me.”
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