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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 156
THE revolving door that has become the job of looping for Robert Allenby took another turn during the first round of the Canadian Open when his caddie Mick Middlemo, walked off the course after nine holes. The pair had been bickering for a handful of holes after Allenby made a triple-bogey at the 13th – his fourth hole of the round – and blamed Middlemo. The caddie had insisted an 8-iron was the club to cover the 130-metres to the flag, but a puff of wind sprung up and knocked Allenby’s shot down and into a creek short of the green. The 44-year-old Allenby unleashed a tirade, which was loud enough to be heard by the small gallery, officials, fellow players and caddies. When the insults continued over the next few holes and got personal to the point where Allenby called him “A fat c***” and allegedly threatened to have him “banned for life from the PGA Tour”, Middlemo took the 20kg bag of his shoulder, took off his bib, grabbed his belongings and headed straight for the car park. “Robert is a very highly-strung individual,” Middlemo later told Fox Sports. “Robert has an issue with caddies, he doesn’t like caddies obviously. “If he wants a whipping boy that’s fine. But there needs to a line drawn somewhere that you can’t cross, if he wants to say I’m the worst caddie in the world and can’t pick clubs, well that’s fine I can put up with that, but when you start crossing into the personal insults, there has to be a line drawn in the sand and that happens in every workplace ... he was completely out of line.” Caddying in the workplace provided by Allenby has never been an easy one, with those putting the bag on their back guaranteed they won’t be around to take long service leave. In fact, has sacked more caddies in his 24-year professional career than anyone currently on Tour. While Google couldn’t provide the exact answer, a trawl through the news archives at Golf Australia magazine puts the count of caddies culled by the Victorian close to 40. Of those, Middlemo is the fourth looper that has either been sacked or has left Allenby mid-round. This highly publicised split between player and caddie has shone the spotlight on Allenby’s attitude with Middlemo saying he likes to “bully caddies”. So who would be silly enough now to put their hand up for the job of caddying for Allenby, which might now rank as one of the worst jobs in sport? The position is vacant and who will fill the role remains to be seen. He’s in the field for this week’s Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour but it wouldn’t surprise me if he withdraws as the search for a thick-skinned, or deaf, caddie continues. OTG the VIEW SPORT'S MOST UNENVIABLE JOB. IF YOU GOOGLE, ‘HOW MANY CADDIES HAS ROBERT ALLENBY HAD IN HIS CAREER?’ YOU WON’T FIND THE ANSWER. PERHAPS GOOGLE HAS LOST COUNT, TOO. by Brendan James Golf Australia editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
OTG Express 155 - The Open wrap
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