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Robert Allenby

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Nationality  Australia
Professional wins  22
Former tours  PGA European Tour
Turned professional  1991
Height  1.88 m
College  None
Role  Golfer
Residence  Jupiter, Florida, U.S.
Name  Robert Allenby

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Born  12 July 1971 (age 44) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1971-07-12)
Weight  185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Current tours  PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia
Children  Lily Allenby, Harry Allenby
Parents  Don Allenby, Sylvia Allenby
Similar People  Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Kim, Jason Day

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


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Early years

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

Professional career

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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 events on it, including one 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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. He resides in Jupiter, Florida. On 22 June 2000, Allenby was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.


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. 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.

In July 2015 at the RBC Canadian Open, Allenby had a verbal altercation with his caddie, Mick Middlemo, after playing four holes. While Allenby says that he was verbally abused and threatened by Middlemo, Middlemo says Allenby was verbally abusive. Middlemo walked off the course and Allenby selected a school principal from the gallery to carry his clubs the rest of the round. 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.

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. An arrest was made concerning the false use of Allenby's credit card for adult entertainment purposes. The case was "mistaken identity".

Amateur wins (4)

  • 1989 (1) Australian Juniors Amateur Championship
  • 1990 (2) Victorian Amateur Championship (Australia), Riversdale Cup
  • 1991 (1) Riversdale Cup
  • PGA Tour wins (4)

    PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

    European Tour wins (4)

    European Tour playoff record (3–0)

    PGA of Australasia Tour wins (13)

  • 1991 (1) Victorian Open (as an amateur)
  • 1992 (2) Johnnie Walker Australian Classic, Perak Masters
  • 1993 (1) Optus Players Championship
  • 1994 (1) Heineken Australian Open
  • 1995 (1) Heineken Classic
  • 2000 (1) Australian PGA Championship
  • 2001 (1) Australian PGA Championship
  • 2003 (1) MasterCard Masters
  • 2005 (3) Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship, MasterCard Masters
  • 2009 (1) Australian PGA Championship
  • Results in major championships

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


  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2000 Open Championship – 2002 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)
  • Results in World Golf Championship events

    1Cancelled due to 9/11
    DNP = Did not play
    QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
    "T" = tied
    NT = No Tournament
    Yellow background for top-10.
    Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

    Team appearances


  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Australia): 1990
  • Professional

  • World Cup (representing Australia): 1993, 1995, 2009
  • Dunhill Cup (representing Australia): 1994, 1997
  • Presidents Cup (International Team): 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003 (tie), 2009, 2011
  • Alfred Dunhill Challenge (representing Australasia): 1995
  • References

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