We’ve heard Robert Allenby’s side of the story involving firing his caddie during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. Thanks to Fox Sports Australia, we’ve now heard from the caddie, Mick Middlemo, who seems more of a victim than originally portrayed.
According to Middlemo, a 15-year veteran, his boss abused him after a bad shot on the par-5 13th hole. The argument began before the shot, with Allenby and Middlemo disagreeing over club selection. Allenby would make triple bogey on the hole, and withdraw from the tournament Friday morning after a first-round 81.
“He called me a ‘fat c---’ a few times,” Middlemo told Fox Sports Australia. “It kept bubbling away and I said to him, ‘I dare you to say that again.’ We were yelling at each other a bit at this stage. There were a few innuendos and he slapped the putter back in my hand harder than he should have.”
Middlemo said he apologized to Allenby’s playing partners, S.J. Park and Jon Curran, for the scene.
“[Allenby] said a bit later on, ‘I’m going to get a caddie banned for life from the PGA Tour today,’ I said to him, ‘I assume you mean me.’ He said, ‘You’re damn right’ and he called me a ‘fat c---’ again.
“I put the bag down and said, ‘I’m done.’ When I walked back to the caddie area, I got a standing ovation.”
Fox Sports Australia says that Middlemo only chose to speak after hearing Allenby’s comments after the round, which he wanted to refute. Allenby said, “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.’ He’s an Australian and he didn’t act like an Australian, let’s put it that way.”
Wanting to be heard, Middlemo spoke out and noted that Allenby has a history of this kind of behavior.
“He’s just a bully. He likes to bully caddies. You couldn’t get away with that in any workplace in the world, but somehow he thinks it’s appropriate on a golf course. It’s the worst I’ve ever heard. But it’s not like I’m the first guy this has happened to with him. I’m the fourth caddie to walk off the golf course with him.”