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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 220
W E AUSTRALIANS seem notorious for the perverse delight with which we watch our tall poppies fall. And when it comes to falls, few have been as ruinous as PGA Tour veteran Robert Allenby’s, both on and off the course. Let’s not forget, this is a four-time PGA Tour winner who was once one of our most consistent tour performers - a lock to be contending at the pointy end of the field on Sundays throughout the Australian summer. So it is with morbid fascination that we digest the particulars of Allenby’s 2016 season in the United States: a mere two cuts made in 23 events, and a tick over $33,000 in prizemoney – good enough for 232nd on the money list. The previous year it was 14 cuts made in 25 events, and on-course earnings of US$272,000 – equating to this second worst season since joining the PGA Tour full-time in 1999. And yet despite the shocking lack of results that has seen Allenby lose his full PGA Tour card, the Victorian has had as many, if not more, newspaper inches dedicated to his travails over the past two years than the great majority of Australia’s best golfers. Of course, it’s for all the wrong reasons, and we won’t rehash them again here. But here’s another earnings statistic that’s perhaps far more worthy of a mention: $22 million. BUT HERE’S ANOTHER ALLENBY EARNINGS STATISTIC THAT’S PERHAPS FAR MORE WORTHY OF A MENTION: $22 MILLION.
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