A veteran professional golf caddie who acrimoniously split with Robert Allenby after an argument last week has accused the Aussie golfer of lying about being drugged and mugged in Hawaii earlier this year.
Speaking with News Corp Australia from Atlanta, Middlemo dubbed the PGA golfer the “Bernard Tomic” of Australian golf, and disputed the kidnapping story that caused worldwide controversy in January.
Middlemo took a further swipe at Allenby, describing him as the golfing equivalent of controversial tennis star Bernard Tomic, saying he gives Australians a bad name.
Caddie Mick Middlemo said Thursday he walked off the course in Oakville, Ontario, because of a series of “personal insults”.
“I’ve known Rob for a long time and I’ve known Mick for a long time”. I’d absolutely put him in the same class, ‘ Middlemo told The Daily Telegraph.
After Allenby threw the blame at Middlemo, telling media his caddie “lost the plot”, another former caddie came forward. To marshals, volunteers.’. “I kept thinking no it’s not, because you probably just fell over sh**-faced drunk”, he said. No I don’t. That’s the story I told because that’s the story he told me to tell because I wasn’t there, ‘ Middlemo told the publication.
Middlemo told GolfChannel that it was Allenby who lost his cool.
“The way he talks to people on the golf course is mind-boggling”.
A man was caught with using Allenby’s credit card, but police found no evidence of a kidnapping or bashing.
Allenby claimed he was drugged, kidnapped, robbed and beaten following a night out in Honolulu in January, in a misadventure the 44-year-old says he doesn’t remember. Surveillance tape shows him leaving the bar with three people he doesn’t recognise, and his next memory is being in a park.
Allenby said yes to the fan, Tom Fraser, a 61-year-old local school principal, allowing him to caddie for the last nine holes.
Allenby maintains his version of events that led to his credit card being stolen and used, is correct.
Allenby blamed Middlemo for a wrong club choice when he hit his ball into a creek at Glen Abbey’s par-five 13th, sparking a war of words between the pair.
“And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine), and when we got to 18 we walked off, and he said a few smart (expletive) 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”.
Allenby said he was not drunk. He also said he had blood tests to see if anything was detected in his system.