Robert Allenby

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Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby 2004 Open Championship cropped.jpg
Personal information
Born (1971-07-12) 12 July 1971 (age 49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Jupiter, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegeNone
Turned professional1991
Current tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
PGA Tour
(past champion status)
Web.com Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins22
Highest ranking 12 (9 May 2010) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour4
Sunshine Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia12
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T22: 2006
PGA Championship T9: 2004
U.S. Open T7: 2004
The Open Championship T7: 2008
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
1992, 1994

Robert Allenby (born 12 July 1971) is an Australian professional golfer.

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Early years

Allenby was born on 12 July 1971 in Melbourne, Victoria. His father had emigrated to Australia from Leeds, UK as a young man.

Professional career

He turned professional in 1992 and was successful almost immediately, topping the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in his first season and again in 1994. He continues to play some events on his home tour and has won 13 times in Australassia, including the Victorian Open as an amateur. He also began to play on the European Tour and it was his principal tour until 1998. He won four tournaments on it, including three in 1996, when he finished third on the Order of Merit. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. [2]

Allenby now plays primarily in the U.S. on the PGA Tour. He earned exempt status for 1999 by finishing 17th at the 1998 Qualifying School. He had a disappointing first season in America, coming 126th on the money list, but came good in 2000 when he won the Shell Houston Open and the Advil Western Open. He claimed another pair of wins the following season. In both of those years he came 16th on the money list. He has not won since but finished in the top 50 each year from 2002–2004. His performances in the major championships have been somewhat disappointing; his highest placing in a major is tied seventh at the 2004 U.S. Open. In 2005 he became the first golfer to win the "triple crown" of the Australian Masters, Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same year.

Allenby played for the International Team in the Presidents Cup in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2009. After posting a 2–2–1 record in the 2009 Presidents Cup, Allenby accused Anthony Kim of being ill-prepared for his Sunday singles match, in which Allenby lost 5 and 3. In December 2009 Allenby became the first Australian to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, defeating Henrik Stenson in a playoff. It was his first professional win in four years, but he did not have to wait long for the next as he returned home to claim his fourth Australian PGA Championship title the following week. [3]

Allenby missed the cut in the 2011 Masters Tournament by one stroke after bogeying the 18th hole of the second round. In February 2012, Allenby missed an opportunity to end an eleven-year drought on the PGA Tour, when he took a two stroke advantage to the 72nd hole of the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the right and proceeded to make double bogey to fall into a playoff with rookie John Huh. He lost out at the eighth extra hole when he could only bogey the par three 10th, leaving Huh with a tap in par for the tournament. Both players had made par on all seven previous holes throughout the playoff until this point. [4]

Allenby is a patron and spokesperson for Challenge Cancer Support Network, which has raised more than $9 million since 1993 for children with cancer and blood disorders. [5] He resides in Jupiter, Florida. [6] On 22 June 2000, Allenby was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. [7]

Controversy

Statements Allenby made at the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cups generated controversy. In 2009, following a loss to American Anthony Kim in the Sunday singles, Allenby accused Kim of partying all night on the eve of the Singles matches. That statement was vehemently denied by Kim and the members of the American team. [8] In 2011, following a 0–4–0 record at the Presidents Cup where he failed to gain any points for the International team, he asserted that his record wasn't completely his fault and cited his partners' poor play as a reason. His partners, including Geoff Ogilvy, were displeased with Allenby's comments.

The following week, at the Australian PGA Championship, Allenby got into contention which resulted in Ogilvy making a tweet that Allenby perceived as being sarcastic. After the tournament ended, Allenby exchanged heated words with Ogilvy and came close to having a physical altercation with Ogilvy. [9]

In July 2015 at the RBC Canadian Open, Allenby had a verbal altercation with his caddie, Mick Middlemo, after playing four holes. [10] While Allenby says that he was verbally abused and threatened by Middlemo, Middlemo says Allenby was verbally abusive. [11] Middlemo walked off the course and Allenby selected a school principal from the gallery to carry his clubs the rest of the round. [12] Later reports from another caddy in the group, Simon Clarke, seemed to indicate the problem was with Allenby. "I've known Rob for a long time and I've known Mick for a long time," Clarke said. "It's disappointing that at age 42, or however old he [Allenby] is, he's still treating people that way and how many good caddies he's gone through. [13]

Alleged kidnapping

On 17 January 2015, after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Allenby was at a bar in Honolulu, Hawaii, when he says he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten, before being dumped in a park several miles away. [14] [15] An arrest was made concerning the false use of Allenby's credit card for adult entertainment purposes. The case was "mistaken identity".

Amateur wins

Professional wins (22)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
130 Apr 2000 Shell Houston Open −13 (68-67-68-72=275)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Craig Stadler
29 Jul 2000 Advil Western Open −14 (69-69-68-68=274)Playoff Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price
325 Feb 2001 Nissan Open −8 (73-64-69-70=276)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Brandel Chamblee, Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa,
Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Paulson, Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Sluman,
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Tway
423 Sep 2001 Marconi Pennsylvania Classic −19 (70-65-66-68=269)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mize, Flag of the United States.svg Rocco Mediate

PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2000 Shell Houston Open Flag of the United States.svg Craig Stadler Won with par on fourth extra hole
22000 Advil Western Open Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price Won with par on first extra hole
3 2001 Nissan Open Flag of the United States.svg Brandel Chamblee, Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa,
Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Paulson, Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Sluman,
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Tway
Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship Flag of South Africa.svg Trevor Immelman, Flag of the United States.svg Justin Leonard Leonard won with birdie on second extra hole
5 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic Flag of the United States.svg John Huh Lost to par on eighth extra hole

European Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
112 Jun 1994 Honda Open −12 (72-67-68-69=276)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Jiménez
29 Jun 1996 Alamo English Open −10 (69-71-69-69=278)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Ross McFarlane, Flag of Scotland.svg Colin Montgomerie
330 Jun 1996 Peugeot Open de France −16 (70-65-68-69=272)Playoff Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer
431 Aug 1996 One 2 One British Masters −4 (69-71-71-73=284)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Martín

European Tour playoff record (3–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1994 Honda Open Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Jiménez Won with par on third extra hole
2 1996 Peugeot Open de France Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on first extra hole
31996 One 2 One British Masters Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Martín Won after concession on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
16 Dec 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge −11 (68-70-68-71=277)Playoff Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson

Sunshine Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson Won with par on third extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (12)

Legend
Australian Opens (2)
Other PGA Tour of Australasia (10)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
118 Oct 1992 Perak Masters −13 (66-70-68-71=275)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stuart Bouvier, Flag of Malaysia.svg Marimuthu Ramayah
26 Dec 1992 Johnnie Walker Australian Classic −13 (66-68-69-72=275)5 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Senior
324 Jan 1993 Optus Players Championship −14 (71-66-69-68=274)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Grady
427 Nov 1994 Heineken Australian Open −8 (70-70-70-70=280)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brett Ogle
55 Feb 1995 Heineken Classic −10 (73-66-67-72=278)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Smith
63 Dec 2000 Australian PGA Championship −13 (69-64-72-70=275)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Conran
718 Nov 2001
(2002 season)
Australian PGA Championship (2)−15 (65-69-70-69=273)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Ogilvy
87 Dec 2003 MasterCard Masters −11 (67-67-72-71=277)Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jarrod Moseley, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry,
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott
927 Nov 2005 Australian Open (2)−4 (63-72-72-77=284)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nick O'Hern, Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Senden,
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Sheehan
104 Dec 2005 Cadbury Schweppes Centenary
Australian PGA Championship
(3)
−18 (68-71-64-67=270)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mathew Goggin
1111 Dec 2005 MasterCard Masters (2)−17 (67-68-68-68=271)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson
1213 Dec 2009 Australian PGA Championship 1(4)−14 (70-68-66-66=270)4 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Senden, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Strange

1Co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (3–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11993 Optus Players Championship Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Grady Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2003 MasterCard Masters Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jarrod Moseley, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry,
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott
Won with birdie on second extra hole
Moseley and Parry eliminated by birdie on first hole
3 2005 MasterCard Masters Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson Won with par on first extra hole
4 2011 Australian PGA Championship Flag of Australia (converted).svg Greg Chalmers, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Marcus Fraser Chalmers won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
13 Nov 1991 Victorian Open
(as an amateur)
−1 (76-70-66-75=287)6 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Armstrong, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Moloney

Results in major championships

Tournament199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T33CUTT46
The Open Championship CUTCUTT60T15T56T10T19
PGA Championship CUTCUTCUTT49T13CUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament 47T29T39CUTCUTT22CUTT42T38
U.S. Open T12T39T7CUTT16CUTT18CUT
The Open Championship T36T47CUTT43CUTT52T16CUTT7T52
PGA Championship T19T16T10T39T9CUTT20CUTT31T24
Tournament20102011201220132014
Masters Tournament T45CUT
U.S. Open T29CUTCUT
The Open Championship T27T48CUT
PGA Championship T26CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000001127
U.S. Open 000014148
The Open Championship 0000252014
PGA Championship 0000271811
Totals00005176440

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament19951996199719981999
The Players Championship 73CUTCUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
The Players Championship T53T21T11T4T33CUTT38CUTT42T14
Tournament201020112012201320142015
The Players Championship 2T50T61CUTT56
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Match Play R32R64R16R32QFR32R64R64R64R32R64
Championship T25NT1T31T21T54T26T3T20T28T11T15
Invitational T12T23T2T6T9T2281T20T2T4869
Champions T23T21T56

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

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