July 24, 2015 - 10:15am
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There was an ugly scene at the Canadian Open on Thursday, when PGA Tour veteran Robert Allenby got into a confrontation with his caddie. Their versions of what played out are very different.

In case you missed it yesterday in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open, Australian golfer Robert Allenby once again found himself in an odd situation.

You can read all about what happened here. Long story short, Allenby had a disagreement with his caddie after a poor shot. According to Allenby, the argument escalated quickly and he essentially feared for his safety because of the intensity of his caddie, Mick Middlemo.

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As a result, Allenby fired Middlemo mid-round and used a spectator as his looper for his final nine holes on his way to a 9-over 81. (UPDATE: On Friday, Allenby withdrew from the Canadian Open.) 

In part, Allenby told ScoreGolf.com:

"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," he said. "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."

ESPN.com caught up with Middlemo. His version of this bizarre story is a tad different than Allenby's.

Earlier this year, Allenby alleged while playing in Hawaii that he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed -- claims that have been met with skepticism by law enforcement (a man in Hawaii -- who used Allenby's credit card -- was recently sentenced to a jail term).

Middlemo told ESPN.com: "I just wished it had never gone this far. But he is again using the media to make himself look like the victim."

So here's Middlemo's version of events on Thursday, which a source following the group verified to ESPN.com:

"The discussion was only about waiting for the wind to die down and hit the 8-iron; the 7-iron was never discussed. Not once. He came up 10 meters short of the front of the green. ... He hit a bad shot.

"He said, 'I can't believe this fat (expletive),' loud enough for everyone to hear. There's a lot as a caddie I can take but a personal attack like that. ... If this was an office in any country in the world, that would be considered bullying. ... I can take it if you call me the worst caddie in the world, tell me I'm horrible at picking clubs, but there's a line you just can't cross."

Fox Sports Australia is reporting this is the fourth time a caddie has walked off the course on Allenby.

"He’s just a bully," Middlemo told Fox. "He likes to bully caddies. You couldn’t get away with that in any workplace in the world, but somehow he thinks it’s appropriate on a golf course.

"It’s the worst I’ve ever heard. But it’s not like I’m the first guy this has happened to with him. I’m the fourth caddie to walk off the golf course with him." 

Allenby's ex-caddie refutes Canadian Open firing story
July 24, 2015 - 9:31am
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Michael Jordan
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When it comes to dunking a ball, there's never been anyone better than Michael Jordan... and that includes golf balls.

The internet is a beautiful place. Sometimes you're just browsing and stumble upon a gem.

That's what just happened here.

Since this was posted seven years ago (and, based on the clothing it likely happened even years before that), I'm late to the game for sure.

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So, if you're like me, take 15 seconds to enjoy this Michael Jordan slam dunk... not the kind you're used to seeing from Air Jordan. Instead, this one happened on a golf course from a bunker.

 

Based on Jordan's basketball career, we can only assume this shot was a match winner given his reaction.

Next time I'm in the sand, I wanna be like Mike. 

Old footage of a fantastic Michael Jordan golf shot
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Jason Day found plenty of friends to celebrate with after his eagle out of the rough Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open.
 
Jason Day didn't let his near-miss at the Open Championship on Monday affect his play in the RBC Canadian Open today. Day, who finished one shot out of the playoff at St. Andrews only three days ago, carded a very nice 68 to open the RBC Canadian Open.
 
 
The clear highlight of his day – and of the entire first round – was the 94-yard shot he holed for eagle out of the thick rough on the par-4 10th hole. Even better was the way he celebrated.
 
After realizing that his shot had curled into the hole for a 2, Day jubiliantly flung his club into the air and high-fived his caddie. Then he went over to the cheering gallery and proceeded to high-five several of them before making his way up to the green.
 
Take a look:
 
Jason Day makes 94-yard eagle, high-fives a whole bunch of fans
July 23, 2015 - 10:02am
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Golf can make us look foolish at times. Like when you attempt an impossible bunker shot, fall down, roll backwards in the bunker and then get hit with your own ball... like this guy.

We've all been there. You hit a shot to an elevated green that comes up just short and find yourself absolutely hosed on a lie in a bunker at a ridiculous angle to the delight of your playing partners.

It happened recently to this poor soul while playing at St. Andrews Beach in Melbourne, Australia. And, since bloopers on the golf course are always infinitely funnier when they don't happen to you, you should get a kick out of this.

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Here's video of a man attempting a nearly impossible bunker shot. But that's not the best part...

 

How about that? Talk about taking a tumble.

And to add insult to injury, the ball hits the man when he finally bottoms out in the bunker.

The video was posted to YouTube on July 15 by a man named Joel Graham. The video description identifies the man as Graham's "old man" and the file name is "golf bloopers - broken rib."

We sure hope the man didn't really break his rib. It sounds like the folks in the background may have suffered injuries too from excessive laughter.  

I love the sincerity in the voice of the man choking on giggles when he asks, "Are you OK?"
 

Man attempts difficult bunker shot, tumbles backwards in said bunker
July 22, 2015 - 10:52am
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The PGA Tour is in Ontario this week for the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Even with the Open Championship at St. Andrews having just ended on Monday, many of the biggest names in the game have made the trip to Ontario.

The Canadian Open was first played in 1904 -- 111 years ago -- and is the third oldest continuously-running tournament on the PGA Tour, trailing just the Open Championship and the U.S. Open.

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Here are five players you'll want to be sure to keep an eye on north of the border.

5. Brooks Koepka
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won Waste Management Open
Reason to watch: One of the rising stars on the PGA Tour, Koepka has played great in his last three starts on the PGA Tour -- a T3 in Memphis, a T18 in the U.S. Open and a T10 on Monday at the Open Championship. In 15 starts this season, Koepka has racked up nine top-25 finishes, with five of those inside the top 10. He's consistent. That should continue this week.

4. Jim Furyk
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won RBC Heritage
Reason to watch: It's no surprise to see this gritty PGA Tour veteran enjoying another fantastic season. Furyk counts two Canadian Open victories among his 17 career PGA Tour wins. He was also a runner up in Canada a year ago.

3. Matt Kuchar
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: For perspective on just how good Kuchar has been over the last decade or so, consider this -- while 2015 is far from his greatest season, the man has missed just one cut in 18 starts, has nine top-10 finishes and his finished second and third one time each. Without a top-10 since a fifth-place showing in Hilton Head, I think Kuchar is due.

2. Bubba Watson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won HSBC-Champions and Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: Watson has two missed cuts this season -- the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. Following his missed cut at Chambers Bay in June, the two-time Masters champ immediately won the following week in Connecticut. Perhaps he does that again this week in Canada after missing the cut at St. Andrews.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: Day is back in action just days after yet another close call in a major. Day, just 27 years old, tied for fourth on Monday in the Open Championship, just one shot out of a playoff. It was his ninth top-10 in a major -- three of those are of the runner-up variety. How will he bounce back in Canada? Well, I think.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Open Championship:

5. Louis Oosthuizen -- T2
4. Dustin Johnson -- T49
3. Rickie Fowler -- T30
2. Tiger Woods -- Missed cut
1. Jordan Spieth -- T4 

5 to watch at the RBC Canadian Open
July 22, 2015 - 8:25am
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth didn't win the Open Championship at St. Andrews on Monday, but that didn't stop him from celebrating with his friend, Zach Johnson, and taking a drink from the Claret Jug.

The dream of a calendar-year grand slam faded away on the 72nd hole at St. Andrews on Monday, but Jordan Spieth handled it like a champion.

The 21-year-old who won the Masters and the U.S. Open finished one shot out of a playoff at the Open Championship in his bid to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three legs of the grand slam.

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Was he disappointed? Certainly. But he handled the defeat with class.

Check out this tweet he sent out following the defeat:

 

And, shortly after, we learned something else about the mature beyond his years Spieth -- evidently he's not superstitious.

On a private plane back to the U.S. with Open Champion Zach Johnson, Spieth took a swig from the Claret Jug, which was captured on camera by Johnson's caddie Damon Green, which you can see above.

What a photo. Love how Johnson is looking on too.

It was a little strange though considering in most sports, the athletes won't touch a trophy they haven't won yet.

For instance, in the NHL, hockey players who haven't won the Stanley Cup won't touch it until they have. They won't even touch the conference trophy, fearing it'll jinx the Stanley Cup bid.

Hopefully Spieth isn't jinxed. 

Spieth takes a swig from the Claret Jug