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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 131
By that stage, the saga had grown more legs than a bucket of chicken, and if the world believed anyone, it certainly wasn’t Allenby. But wait, there’s more. Version two-point-something had Allenby spending up big at a Honolulu strip club and two homeless men revealing the golfer’s ghastly facial abrasions had come not from a bashing, but from him falling and hitting his head on a rock. That Hawaiian police are no longer treating the incident as an assault tells us just about everything we need to know. As Allenby rightly said late last week, his story hasn’t wavered from the original version he told the world the day after his ordeal. He’s staunchly stuck by what he initially told reporters, and maintains that “from 11:06pm to 1:27am I have no memory in my brain. I have nothing”. “The number one thing that you should remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it,” he said. “I never lied to anyone, I only told you what I knew and what someone had told me. That is the bottom line.” If Allenby had his time again, he mightn’t be so definitive in his initial analysis of the misfortune that had befallen him. He probably does have a par five-sized gap in his memory from that night, so his big mistake was announcing that his version of events was the incontrovertible truth, when he couldn’t possibly have known what he’d done. Visiting a strip club isn’t a crime – hell, if it was there probably wouldn’t have been enough PGA Tour players to hold last week’s Phoenix Open. But neglecting to mention $3400 worth of lap dances when recounting a night from hell makes the rest of the yarn sound more than a little iffy. Allenby was back on Tour over the weekend, braving boisterous Phoenix Open crowds. It was probably not the way he'd have wished to end a week he’d undoubtedly rather forget. We're not sure he helped his cause at a Tuesday press conference either, where the 43-year-old unleashed on the media for its coverage of the bizarre incident, saying "I was a victim, and all of a sudden you're putting all the blame on me". Allenby survived the Phoenix fairways as he did whatever really happened that fateful night during the Sony Open. But here’s hoping his short game stays a little straighter the remainder of the season than the pitch we were spun in Hawaii. OTG THE HOMELESS WOMAN AT THE CENTRE OF THE TALE – ALMOST COMICALLY NAMED CHARADE – QUICKLY REFUTED THE 43-YEAR- OLD AUSTRALIAN'S ACCOUNT.
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