Al­lenby ex­plodes as his man walks off

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN EVERILL NEIL HAR­VEY

CAD­DIE Mick Mid­dlemo claims Robert Al­lenby boasted he would get him banned from the US PGA Tour for life be­fore they split midround at the Cana­dian Open.

Al­lenby sacked fel­low Aus­tralian Mid­dlemo af­ter the cad­die left his bag to walk off fol­low­ing a blaz­ing row on the Glen Abbey course in On­tario.

It be­gan when Al­lenby blamed the vet­eran bag­man for a wrong club choice af­ter a triple bo­gey on his fourth hole of the tour­na­ment.

Al­lenby al­leged Mid­dlemo told him: “I will be wait­ing for you in the carpark”, be­fore walk­ing off af­ter nine holes.

But Mid­dlemo was not pre­pared to stay silent af­ter see­ing what 44- year- old Al­lenby told re­porters since and has given a some­what dif­fer­ent ver­sion to the golfer’s.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed he went to the media and claimed threats. There were no threats,” Mid­dlemo said.

“Yes there was a yelling match, ab­so­lutely, but I’m not go­ing to stand there and get bul­lied. In any other work­place they wouldn’t put up with that, so why should it be put up with on the golf course?”

Mid­dlemo said he was the fourth cad­die to walk out on Al­lenby mid- round: “It’s not an elite club.”

The cad­die said he had ini­tially taken ex­cep­tion when Al­lenby called him a fat c---.

“I’m 110 ki­los and I might be a lit­tle over­weight but I thought that was a touch dis­re­spect­ful,” Mid­dlemo said.

Al­lenby called him a c--- three times and he then chal­lenged him to say it again.

“Now that may have sounded ag­gres­sive but there was never a threat of vi­o­lence,” he said.

“But what I was go­ing to do if he said it again was drop the bag, take the bib off and just walk in from there.

Yes there was a yelling match, ab­so­lutely, but I’m not go­ing to stand there and get bul­lied ROBERT AL­LENBY’S FOR­MER CAD­DIE MICK MID­DLEMO

“So then he starts with the ‘ calm down, calm down’ stuff. I told him ... don’t bully me.

“So then he goes on say­ing ‘ can’t you take a joke? You’re so un- Aus­tralian’, and then while we were on the 13th green I heard him say­ing, ‘ I don’t know why I put up with this fat c---’.

“We get to 18 ( his ninth), he has 151 me­tres to the hole, he hits a ter­ri­ble shot into the back trap.

“Then he nearly thins his ball into the wa­ter, then he grounds his club in a haz­ard, takes a drop, hits that shot about two inches, misses a putt and makes eight.

“Then he stands on the back of 18 and says: ‘ I’m go­ing to get a cad­die banned for life on this tour to­day. I’m go­ing to en­joy my­self and a cad­die is go­ing to get banned for life with what hap­pened out there to­day’.

“I turned to him and said: ‘ Are you talk­ing to me?’ He said ‘ Yes you’re go­ing to get banned for life to­day you fat c---.

“Si­mon Clark ( another cad­die) was there and heard ev­ery­thing.

“I walked away, stood the bag up, put my bib on it, took ev­ery­thing of mine out of the bag and turned to him and said, ‘ I’m done, I’m fin­ished.’”

Mid­dlemo said he planned to re­turn to his bar- res­tau­rant in At­lanta and spend more time with his fam­ily but two other play­ers had al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in hir­ing him.

Al­lenby shot a nine- over­par 81 and with­drew from the event.

IN THE ROUGH: Robert Al­lenby with cad­die Mick Mid­dlemo.

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