A strange story emerged late Saturday involving PGA golfer Robert Allenby. According to numerous reports the 43-year-old Australian was robbed and dropped in a park six miles away after a night out at a wine bar Friday in Hawaii after he missed the cut at the Sony Open.
Most of the details, come first hand from Allenby himself:
“I didn’t think I was going to survive this one,” Allenby told the Australian Associated Press.
“I was separated from my friend (Anthony Puntoriero) in the bar after we had paid the tab at 10:48 p.m., and he went to the bathroom and next thing you know I’m being dumped in a park miles away.
“I only know this part because a homeless woman found me and told me she saw a few guys pull up and throw me out of the car. That is where I got the scrapes above my eye from the sidewalk.”
Allenby says the assailants took his cash, cell phone and credit cards. According to a television station in Honolulu, police are looking into the matter.
One interesting detail comes from toward the bottom of the Associated Press report:
Stuart Appleby, a fellow Australian player, said he called Allenby’s hotel room Saturday morning and that Allenby was trying to reconstruct what happened. Appleby did not want to disclose what he said because “I don’t know how straight his brain is.”
It bears watching if any new details emerge, such as the police report. Stay tuned.
[UPDATE: Details were a little bit hazy at the time, and now comes word that there are conflicting accounts of what happened. According to 9News Australia:
A homeless woman who has spoken to police about the robbery of Australian golfer Robert Allenby has said he was just one block from a wine bar as he tried to pay off two men to get his belongings back. The Hawaiian woman told 9NEWS Allenby offered $500 to get his belongings back, but the men became aggressive and Allenby was put into a taxi by a passerby. It conflicts with the account given by Allenby earlier in the day, when he said he was stuffed in a car boot and dumped in a park 10km away.
Wait, what? This is … confusing. Wouldn’t he remember the difference between being put in a taxi and stuffed in a car boot?]