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Robert Allenby sacks caddie during disastrous Canadian Open round

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Robert Allenby, a four-time US PGA Tour winner, lost his patience and sacked his caddie midway through the Canadian Open after a disagreement on club selection, according to the player.

The 44-year-old, who has won six out of a possible eight tournament playoffs across European and American soil, was left to carry his bag down the first hole, which was his tenth, before asking a fan to lend him a hand.

"He just lost the plot at me. 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 will never have you caddie again.'" Allenby said, according to BBC Sport.

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"My nerves have been rattled. I'm in shock. This is the worst incident I've ever witnessed as a player."

This is not the first time the Australian has been left without help on a golf course. Having stated it's "the worst incident" he has seen as a player, maybe he forgot the previous two events.

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In 2007, Matthew Tritton abandoned his bag near the seventh tee, removed his bib which wears Allenby's name, and walked off at the BMW Open.  

An even higher profile venue saw his caddie at the time walk off at the 1995 British Open Championship.

Two sides to every coin

Mick Middlemo, his caddie, said that the 'Playoff King' had told the media a distorted version of events.

"Robert's a pretty highly strung individual and he hasn't been playing great of late," he told Australian radio station SEN.

"We had a discussion about a club, then of course I copped the wrath of that. Then unfortunately the personal insults started. I've been called a bad caddie ... but when the personal insults come in and you're being called a fat so-and-so ... I got a little bit peeved by it and then the third time he said it I walked up to him and basically said 'I dare you to say that to me again'. He didn't say it again. There was never going to be any violence. I was just going to put the bag down, get my gear and leave."

Bad form

Whatever really happened on that golf course, Allenby withdrew after posting a score of 81, which is understandable.

Golf being a game with such a large focus on the mind game, a high profile bust up such as the events that occurred in Canada, do not pose hope for good golf the following day.

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