Golfer Robert Allenby Fires Caddie Mid-Round at the Canadian Open
Remember when Don Johnson fired Kevin Costner as his caddie right in the middle of a round in Tin Cup? Well yesterday life imitated art at the RBC Canadian Open outside Toronto. Australia’s Robert Allenby fired caddie Mick Middlemo after nine holes and plucked a fan from the gallery to carry his bag the rest of the way.
It wasn’t quite as dramatic as the scene from Tin Cup of course. Middlemo didn’t show Allenby up by hitting a shot himself. The two had a disagreement over club selection at the fourth hole after Allenby hit the ball in the water en route to a triple bogey. From there things just escalated, and Allenby fired Middlemo after the ninth hole.
Not surprisingly, Allenby and Middlemo tell two different versions of what transpired.
Here is Allenby’s, as told to ScoreGolf.com:
“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.’ 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.'”
Fans who witnessed the falling out said Allenby was equally aggressive, though. According to Middlemo, Allenby said “I’m so sick of this fu—– bu—— you c—,” and that’s when he gave Allenby an ultimatum:
“I said, ‘Look, if you want someone to abuse, get someone out of the parking lot.’ And then he said it to me again and I said, ‘I dare you to call me a c— again.’ That was it.”‘
After Middlemo walked out, a school principle named Tom Fraser hollered, “Hey if you need someone to carry, I’ll carry.” And Allenby took him up on the offer.
“I just said, ‘Hey Robert, just tell me what to do, where to stand,’ and he was really good about it and the other caddies were helpful about where to place the bag and where to stand and how to stay out of the sightlines and stuff like that.”
Of course, you can’t blame Fraser for wanting to beak into the caddie business. Look at what happened to former high school teacher Michael Greller.
Hat Tip – [Golf Channel]