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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 131
WORDS BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE S O LET’S get this straight. Robert Allenby says he was kidnapped, bashed and robbed the night after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He said he was dumped 10km from the wine bar at which he’d been drinking with his caddie and some friends, before being saved from a group of dangerous men by a homeless woman. The golf and sporting worlds were aghast that something so brazen could happen to one of their own. This wasn’t North Korea or Columbia. Professional athletes and celebrities don’t just get swiped off the street and shaken down for their phone, wallet and credit cards. Security footage quickly emerged of Allenby staggering through the bar before leaving; evidence, he said, that his drink must have been spiked. That was version 1.0. The homeless woman at the centre of the tale – almost comically named Charade – quickly refuted the 43-year-old Australian and said she found him not 10km from the Amuse Wine Bar, where he’d been drinking after missing the cut, but right outside that very same bar. Despite crediting her with saving his life, Allenby then accused the woman of lying and said she was “clearly being paid off”. Yet less than 24 hours later there he was, reuniting with Charade and thanking a woman who has nothing by giving her a paltry $1000 reward for the brave act of rescuing a man who has amassed around $30 million in prizemoney and will earn millions more. Stranger than Fiction
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