Robert Allenby

Robert Allenby
Personal information
Born (1971-07-12) 12 July 1971
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Jupiter, Florida, U.S.
College None
Turned professional 1991
Current tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
PGA Tour
(past champion status)
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
European Tour 4
Sunshine Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 13
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T22: 2006
U.S. Open T7: 2004
The Open Championship T7: 2008
PGA Championship T9: 2004
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
1992, 1994

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

Early years

Robert Allenby was born 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 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] He resides in Jupiter, Florida.[5] On 22 June 2000, Allenby was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

In July 2015 at the RBC Canadian Open, Allenby had a verbal altercation with his caddie, Mick Middlemo, after playing four holes.[9] While Allenby says that he was verbally abused and threatened by Middlemo, Middlemo says Allenby was verbally abusive.[10] Middlemo walked off the course and Allenby selected a school principal from the gallery to carry his clubs the rest of the round.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14] 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)

Professional wins (22)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
1 30 Apr 2000 Shell Houston Open 68-67-68-72=275 −13 Playoff United States Craig Stadler
2 9 Jul 2000 Advil Western Open 69-69-68-68=274 −14 Playoff Zimbabwe Nick Price
3 25 Feb 2001 Nissan Open 73-64-69-70=276 −8 Playoff United States Brandel Chamblee, Japan Toshi Izawa,
United States Dennis Paulson, United States Jeff Sluman,
United States Bob Tway
4 23 Sep 2001 Marconi Pennsylvania Classic 70-65-66-68=269 −19 3 strokes United States Larry Mize, United States Rocco Mediate

PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

1 2000 Shell Houston Open United States Craig Stadler Won with par on fourth extra hole
2 2000 Advil Western Open Zimbabwe Nick Price Won with par on first extra hole
3 2001 Nissan Open United States Brandel Chamblee, Japan Toshi Izawa,
United States Dennis Paulson, United States Jeff Sluman,
United States Bob Tway
Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship South Africa Trevor Immelman, United States Justin Leonard Leonard won with birdie on second extra hole
5 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic United States John Huh Lost to par on eighth extra hole

European Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
1 12 Jun 1994 Honda Open −12 (72-67-68-69=276) Playoff Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2 9 Jun 1996 Alamo English Open −10 (69-71-69-69=278) 1 stroke England Ross McFarlane, Scotland Colin Montgomerie
3 30 Jun 1996 Peugeot Open de France −16 (70-65-68-69=272) Playoff Germany Bernhard Langer
4 31 Aug 1996 One 2 One British Masters −4 (69-71-71-73=284) Playoff Spain Miguel Ángel Martín

European Tour playoff record (3–0)

1 1994 Honda Open Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez Won with par on third extra hole
2 1996 Peugeot Open de France Germany Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1996 One 2 One British Masters Spain Miguel Ángel Martín Won on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 6 Dec 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge −11 (68-70-68-71=277) Playoff Sweden Henrik Stenson

PGA of Australasia Tour wins (13)

Note: The Johnnie Walker brand has been the title sponsor of at least five professional golf tournaments around the world. Allenby's win was not in the European Tour event which is now called the Johnnie Walker Classic. That was known as the Johnnie Walker Asian Classic in the early 1990s.

Results in major championships

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT T60 T15 T55 T10 T19 DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP 47 T29 T39 CUT CUT T22 CUT T42 T38
U.S. Open DNP DNP T12 T39 T7 CUT T16 CUT T18 CUT
The Open Championship T36 T47 CUT T43 CUT T52 T16 CUT T7 T52
PGA Championship T19 T16 T10 T39 T9 CUT T20 CUT T31 T24
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T45 CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T27 T48 CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T26 CUT DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 5 20 14
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 7 18 11
Totals 0 0 0 0 5 17 64 40

Results in World Golf Championship events

Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 R64 R16 R32 QF R32 R64 R64
Cadillac Championship T25 NT1 T31 T21 T54 DNP T26 T3 T20
Bridgestone Invitational T12 T23 T2 T6 T9 DNP T22 81 T20
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R32 R64 DNP
Cadillac Championship T28 T11 T15 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T2 DNP T48 69
HSBC Champions T23 T21 DNP T56

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



See also


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