Allenby shows signs of form in Louisiana

There’s life in the old dog yet…at least as far as Robert Allenby’s golf game is concerned.

The four-time PGA Tour winner has been “relegated” to the secondary Tour in the US this year after losing his playing privileges on the main tour.

Undaunted, the Victorian star has set about making his mark and four rounds in the 60s saw him finish in a tie for fifth behind Casey Wittenberg in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club.

Allenby returned rounds of 67-68-67-68 on his way to finishing 14-under-par, although a distant seven shots from the winner.

It was Allenby’s third start on the Tour but he obviously relished a return to the US ‘mainland’.

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His first two starts, both in the Bahamas, saw him make little impression on the leaderboard.

At his first start, in the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, Allenby missed the cut in the event won by Kyle Thompson.

He improved the following week with a tie for 39th in the Bahamas Great Abaca Classic, won by Andrew Landry.

Still his game was coming around – as he proved last weekend.

It was Allenby’s first top 10 in the US since 2014 when he finished tied for eighth at the Open on the PGA Tour.

Allenby’s impressive effort saw him comfortably claim top Australian honours ahead of Sydney’s Jamie Arnold, who finished at 10-under-par and in a tie for 25th spot.

That was Arnold’s fifth start of the season after earning his card at last year’s Tour school and his first made cut of the year.

Monday qualifier David Lutterus (T35), Peter Lonard (T45) and Steve Allan (T61) were the other Australians to make the cut, while Nick Cullen and Rhein Gibson missing the weekend’s play.