Robert Allenby didn’t have the best of days on Thursday at the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open.
The Australian sacked his caddie, Mick Meddlemo, after they had a disagreement over club selection. Allenby went on to score a 9-over 81 before withdrawing from the tournament.
The 44-year-old told SCOREGolf that differences of opinion between himself and his caddy had become common.
“I said to him, ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for, like, the last three or four or five months. We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances.’”
Playing on the 18th hole, Allenby’s 9th of his round, he played an 8-iron to the green as recommended by Meddlemo, even though Allenby thought a 7-iron was the most suitable club. The shot ended up finding its way into a creek, and Allenby went on to score a triple-bogey.
“He just lost the plot at me,” Allenby explained. “He got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up. I said, ‘Stop being a such-and-such and calm down and get back into the game.’ And he just got even closer and closer and I just said, ‘That’s it, you’re sacked.’ I said, ‘I will never have you caddie again.’”
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