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PGA golfer fires his caddie midway through round

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Robert Allenby withdrew from the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, but he’ll be long remembered for his one round of golf in the tournament.

Allenby got into an argument with his caddie, fired him and a fan carried Allenby’s bag after that.

Scoregolf.com reported that Allenby opened his round on the back nine, and on the 13th hole, he and caddie Mick Middlemo disagreed on club selection. Allenby ended up shooting a triple bogey on the hole and the two exchanged words.

On the 18th hole, Allenby told Middlemo to leave and he did.

“This is the worst incident I’ve ever witnessed as a player,” Allenby told Scoregolf.com. “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.”

Middlemo later told an Australian radio station that he never threatened physical violence.

After the parting of ways, Allenby took his own bag to the first hole where a fan named Tom Fraser asked if Allenby wanted help.

“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 (for Jon Curran and S.J. Park) were helpful about where to place the bag and where to stand and how to stay out of the sightlines and stuff like that,” Fraser told Scoregolf.

It’s been a weird year for Allenby. In January, after missing the cut at the Sony Open, he said he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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