Robert Allenby: I’m Not In A Slump
Robert Allenby is never backward in coming forward.
When the 40-year-old Melbournian makes a statement that he is not in a slump and there are other factors at play, you await Allenby’s next line.
Robert Allenby is keen to silence the critics (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The Victorian was the only player on either team not to pick up a point last week at the Presidents Cup and copped widespread criticism, especially after his record-equalling 7&5 loss to David Toms in Sunday’s singles.
The week before at the Australian Open, Allenby, a dual winner of the championship, missed the cut.
Many were questioning Allenby’s game and the rationale for selection in the International team.
Allenby, one of Greg Norman’s two captain’s choices for the International team, said he was “sick of everyone saying, ‘Jeez, what a slump you’re in’.”
“Golf is a fickle game,” he said.
“There is a fine line between greatness and not. But who knows?”
Norman defended Allenby’s selection last week and yesterday Allenby insisted his results at Royal Melbourne were deceiving.
“There are a lot of factors,” he said.
“I didn’t feel like I played bad. I didn’t play great on Sunday, but I think I was a little bit frustrated because I didn’t have a win on the board.”
Allenby is a player of pride and one that sticks to his guns.
His non-attendance during the last few Australian Opens following insensitive comments by fans at the “party hole” at Royal Sydney in 2008, illustrates that Allenby says what he means.
Clearly hurt by media reports and comments concerning his recent form, Allenby was quick to highlight that there were other facts at play in Melbourne.
The Victorian said that he had placed fellow team mates in good positions during the foursome matches and at times had been left in difficult places, unable to play full shots.
“Everyone’s making me look like I’m playing like s–t and then it starts wearing on your mind a little bit, maybe you are,” said Allenby.
“It’s quite draining – there was pressure on me to hit the shots and also make the putts and it was windy and it was tough conditions.”
Entering the final round, Allenby is just five strokes off the pace and is eager to have his name etched on the Kirkwood Cup.
“I’m not hitting the ball that bad, not playing that bad,” says Allenby.
“I shot eight under in the first round of Malaysia a few weeks back. That’s not too bad, is it?”
Allenby would love nothing better than to claim his fifth Australian PGA title – and stick it to his critics.