Robert Allenby’s ex-caddie never believed golfer’s bizarre kidnapping tale
Robert Allenby and Mick Middlemo engaged in a he-said-he-said war of words last week after the two abruptly ended their working relationship during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open. But now that Middlemo has no reason to cover for his former boss, he’s enjoying the liberating feeling of being able to tell it as he sees it and saw it, especially when it relates to Allenby’s claims that he was drugged, beaten, kidnapped and robbed after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year.
Middlemo in an interview with an Australian radio station said that in no way did he buy Allenby’s fantastical story, but felt he owed it to his then-boss to toe the so-called company line.
“Do I think he got mugged and bashed and absolutely robbed? No, I don’t,” Middlemo said, via a News Corp Australia report. “That’s the story I told because that’s the story he told me to tell because I wasn’t there.
“Do I think he just fell over and cracked his head? Honestly I do … I think he fell over and someone picked up his wallet and had a great time with his credit card.”
Much like the story regarding the alleged incident in Hawaii, it’s difficult to get an accurate read on exactly what transpired between Allenby and Middlemo before the caddie stormed off the course last week. Middelmo’s version of events involved the accusation that Allenby called him “a ‘fat c***’ a few times,” adding that after continued words between the two he “put the bag down and said ‘I’m done.'”
Middlemo also indicated he received a standing ovation upon returning to the caddie area, suggesting that his caddying colleagues share a similar view of Allenby, who has had issues with previous caddies in the past.
Allenby, meanwhile, called what occurred “the worst incident I’ve ever witnessed as a player.”
And now, the perception is that Middlemo finally feels it’s his time to tell his part of tale regarding the dysfunctional saga that has been Allenby’s absolutely bizarre 2015 PGA Tour campaign. And he certainly seems to be relishing it.
[H/T Devil Ball Golf, image via The Washington Post]