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There's More To The Story Of Robert Allenby Sacking His Caddy Mid-Round

There's More To The Story Of Robert Allenby Sacking His Caddy Mid-Round
By Conor O'Leary
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Nothing ever goes easily for Robert Allenby. The Australian golfer was involved in the most bizarre golfing story of the decade when he claimed that he was mugged in Hawaii in January - before the police said that there was no evidence to back any of his claims.

The latest controversy surrounding the golfer came on Thursday - when a big bust up on course meant that Allenby sacked his caddy after just nine holes of the opening round of the Canadian Open.

Allenby spoke after the round, and put the blame on his caddy saying that he was threatening the golfer.

But it's never that easy when it comes to Allenby. One of the caddies in Allenby's grouping on the day has given a difference version of the events of that day.


Perhaps it's one caddy sticking up for the collective - but given Allenby's history this year it's hard to know who to believe.

Simon Clarke was caddying for South Korean S.J. Park with Allenby and the dismissed caddy Mick Middlemo. Clarke told Reuters:

I wouldn’t be talking about it if he [Allenby] didn’t tell the media afterwards a whole lot of porky pies.

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.

Clarke's version of events start with Allenby calling Middlemo an "overweight so-and-so".


Mick took exception to that. He got fired up. Mick demanded [Allenby] call him that again. Adreneline and all, it wasn’t pretty. Robert didn’t call him that anymore because I don’t think that he was sure what was going to happen.

If Rob tells the true story, I’m not speaking out, Lies affect Mick’s career.

Clarke said that Middlemo asked him and another caddy in the group for advice after the initial incident on their fourth hole. Clarke's advice was to finish the round in silence, but Allenby told Middlemo to leave after just nine holes.


It's one of those stories that you just can't quite believe it, and the second involving Allenby this year.

See Also: Robert Allenby's Bizarre Year Gets Even Stranger After He Fired His Cadd Mid-Round
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