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The biggest drama at the Canadian Open happened when “kidnapping victim” and raconteur Robert Allenby fired his caddie mid-round, then proceeded to hire a fan. Yep, s**t went down at a tournament not known for its drama and it was just wonderful to watch.
Tom Fraser, a school principal at a local high school, had the experience of a lifetime when Robert Allenby fired caddie Mick Middlemo following a disastrous triple bogey on the 13th hole. Middle had suggested to Allenby that he should hit an 8-iron when Allenby had wanted to use a 7-iron. An argument ensued and Middlemo apparently told Allenby to “f**k off” according to Jason Logan, a reporter for ScoreGolf.
“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.’ And he just lost the plot at me. He just told me I could go eff myself. And I said, ‘Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.’ And then he just 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 ever again.’ And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine) and when we got to 18 we walked off and he said some smartass remark to me and I said, ‘You don’t deserve to be caddying out there.’ And he just got right in my face and threatened me so I said, ‘Go.’ So he left.”
Enter Fraser, who generously offered to carry Allenby’s bag after watching the argument transpire. Allenby could hardly say no.
According to Allenby, the Fraser wasn’t bad.
“He did a great job,” Allenby told Logan. “He did everything he was told. He was a nice guy. I’m really thankful that he helped me out. It was nice to have someone friendly on the bag who didn’t want to threaten me.”
Nevertheless, Allenby shot 81 and looks almost certain to miss the cut.