US golfer Robert Allenby says he is disappointed with the media

February 19, 2015 8:25 am
says he’s devastated after false claims following his
Hawaii robbery prompted rumours a children’s cancer charity wanted to
axe him as patron.
After missing the cut at the US PGA Tour’s
Sony Open a month ago, Australian golfer Allenby reported being beaten
and robbed in Honolulu, causing a media storm.
Reports then surfaced of Allenby running up a large bill at a local strip club during a period of time he cannot recall.

US golfer Robert Allenby says he is disappointed with the media and how
he was treated following being robbed in Hawaii last year.

But
a detective involved in the case last week confirmed there was no
evidence of Allenby visiting the club, saying it was a case of mistaken
identity.
In regards to Allenby’s stolen wallet, phone and credit
cards, police have charged Honolulu man Patrick Owen Harbison, 32, with
identity theft, attempted theft and unauthorised possession of
confidential information.
A separate investigation on how Allenby
received facial injuries and wound up passed out for a
two-and-a-half-hour period when possibly drugged remains open.

“I’m not relieved or anything like that,” said 43-year-old Allenby ahead of this week’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
“I
am disappointed more than anything.”I am disappointed in the media
worldwide and how they can report such false information about a human
being.
“The whole time I have been the victim but my name will always be attached to a strip club that I was never at.

Australian golfer Robert Allenby posted a picture of himself to social media 17 January 2015 after being abducted and beaten whilst in Hawaii.
Australian golfer Robert Allenby posted a
picture of himself to social media 17 January 2015 after being abducted
and beaten whilst in Hawaii.
“I have my own children and a lot of children who follow
me. I have a children’s cancer foundation (Challenge – supporting kids
with cancer) where I have been the head patron for 24 years and raised
$29 million and when there were rumours of them wanting to get rid of me
as a head figure, it is devastating.
“I have put my heart and
soul into that my whole life because a family friend died of cancer when
we were 13 and for something like this to come up and potentially
destroy that for me, is devastating, especially because I have done
nothing wrong. Nothing.”
A winner at LA’s famed Riviera Country
Club in 2001, Allenby is hoping the return to his favourite US tour
course can kick start his season and get the focus back on his
game.
“It’s a course I love, it’s a course I have played well
many times before, not just when I won and it is a place where I come
and I feel like I can just tee it up and play well,” Allenby said.
“It is just a matter of doing all the right things and having a clear mind.”
Allenby concedes having a clear mind is the battle he has been facing for the last month.
“This
will always stick with me, I don’t think there is a way around that, it
is now about finding a way to deal with it and move forward.”
Stuart
Appleby, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Marc
Leishman and 2011 winner Aaron Baddeley join Allenby in the field.

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