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Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Pairing partners at the Presidents Cup a little over a week earlier, Aussie stars Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby squared off in an animated exchange before dozens of dinner guests after the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday night, looking more like sparring partners than countrymen and mates.

Allenby, who earlier had lost the PGA title in a playoff, has been taking plenty of heat for being the only pointless player at the Presidents Cup, so to speak, where he had a record of 0-4. Frustrated over being singled out for the defeat, he since has countered by explaining that he was hampered at times by his pairings partners, including Ogilvy, who hit three tee shots into the trees during their match.

Which might be true, though it's certainly bad form to blame your mates in a team defeat, as was pointed out last week in the Aussie media, which made the point clear at Allenby's expense. It's also a fact that Ogilvy can read, and caught wind of Allenby's remarks.

When Allenby sat down at a Hyatt Regency banquet table Sunday where Ogilvy was seated, the two began an exchange that surprised those in attendance. According to an Aussie newspaper account, Ogilvy accused Allenby of throwing him under the bus with regard to their pairing at the Presidents Cup, then questioned his character, which reportedly sent Allenby into a fury.

It was reported that Allenby accidently broke a wine glass and asked Ogilvy, “Do you want to have a go?” Allenby, who a couple of hours earlier had lost the playoff to Greg Chalmers, eventually left the banquet area. 

Another characterization surfaced Monday in which it was said that Allenby was booed out of the room by those in attendance and that the wine glass might not have been broken by accident.

Talk about an alternate-shot match.

''Look, it wasn't TV Ringside or anything,'' Paul Galli, Ogilvy's manager, told the Sydney paper. ''I wasn't there, but from what I've been told, it's a storm in a teacup. There were a few words spoken. They will be fine. I've got no doubt they can come together at the [Australian] Masters in a few weeks, have a beer and move on.''

Since Ogilvy is considered the more thoughtful, introspective and sensible of the pair, Allenby was quickly painted as the villain, which isn't exactly a simple truth. While he shot his mouth off about the Presidents Cup, that's often part of his charm.
Allenby is rarely afraid to offer an opinion -- just ask Anthony Kim – and in turn gets a bad rap. But Allenby has a magnanimous side, too. He broke down crying on the course two years ago at an Aussie event as his terminally ill mother watched him struggling to win the title for her. He sponsors a fishing tournament for leukemia victims in the Jupiter, Fla., area. Years ago, as teenage Aussie Jarrod Lyle was ill in the hospital with leukemia, Allenby dropped by for a visit. Lyle recovered and plays on the PGA Tour, too.

As for the caddie issue, Alllenby threw a lifeline to current bagman Robert Floyd earlier this year after the latter had been arrested on a DUI charge, not his first, and gave him a job. Floyd’s dad is Hall of Famer Ray Floyd. There might not be a better guy than Allenby to hang out with on weekends, for those who enjoy an adult beverage. When Allenby turned 40 earlier this year, the whole family went to Key West, where they partied so hard, a couple of family members needed, shall we say, medical attention.

So, as the old saying goes, regardless of who started the verbal fracas, it takes two to tango.

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Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:40 am

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

After Robert Allenby's Key West celebration, his doctor told him that he better start watching his drinking. Now you'll only find Allenby in a bar that has a mirror!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:13 am

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Just a couple of good ol' Aussies letting off steam: no big deal.  They'll forget about it by next week and be drinking buddies again.  

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:23 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Sounds like they may have had one too many Fosters!  Love it!

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:50 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

I think he was upset with Ogilvy's moustache.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:30 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Not exactly, no one WENT outside.  They just bitch yelled at each other..lmao<br /><br /><br /><br />

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:28 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Interesting that Ogilvy didn't mind talk smack about Tiger but when it came to someone talking smack about him he gets his little bitch hairs ruffled.

Granted Allenby should have kept his mouth shut but so should have Ogilvy about Tiger, if you can't take it keep your own mouth shut.

AND, if you ARE gonna take it outside, the DO take it outside rather than talking like you're going to, where ARE the tough Aussie's?  LMAO

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:05 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Very surprising.  I usually think of Australians as being pretty even-tempered.  This sounds like Australian rules football comes to the golf course.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:54 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent

Now a real throwdown fight would be Tiger and Stevie.

 Sure, the guy who went into hiding for 3 months?  They guy too scared to show his face after getting a slapping from slip of a girl.

 Oh yes Tiger.......I've seen more fight in kipper.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:47 pm

Alternate-shot with twist: Allenby, Ogilvy vent


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