by Jeff Skinner
Robert Allenby’s week at The Presidents Cup was about as bad as bad can get. He went 0-4-0 and was the only player on either team not to score any points. Considering that Greg Norman went out on a limb to select him when there were other players performing far better than Allenby has to add to his frustration.
Well, it looks like his frustration hit the breaking point on Sunday evening in Australia. There are reports that Allenby and his teammate and friend Geoff Ogilvy almost went to blows over Allenby’s play and Ogilvy’s tweets.
While he was playing at the Australian PGA, Allenby made comments about his partners at The Presidents Cup saying he didn’t get much support from his partners. “Everyone’s making me look like I’m playing like shit and then it starts wearing on your mind a little bit, maybe you are,” Allenby said last week. He said Retief Goosen couldn’t convert any putts when, “I hit it inside 10 feet a few times, YE Yang’s form wasn’t great during the Friday fourball matches and Geoff Ogilvy forced him to chip out of the trees on three occasions on Saturday.”
As Allenby climbed the leaderboard at The Australian PGA, Ogilvy tweeted “warms the heart to see Robert playing so well this week.” Allenby took it as sarcasm, Ogilvy said it was sincere.
Ogilvy said that Allenby has yet to acknowledge that he played poorly at The Presidents Cup. He can blame his partners if he likes but in his singles loss to David Toms he made six bogeys in 13 holes and was waxed 7 & 6 by Toms.
When the two got together at an after party for the tournament a confrontation occurred with Allenby challenging Ogilvy to step outside to finish this.
It is hard to fathom that these two players, who were friends, could act like this, especially in public. Maybe the pressure of the Presidents Cup was too much for Allenby but there has to be a better way of handling this.