It comes along with the news that Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers and John Senden have also confirmed their attendance at the Australian Open. Greg Norman has also committed to play the event for the next three years.
Robert Allenby played his 20th consecutive Australian Open at Royal Sydney last year and you would have been forgiven for not knowing it. There was no fanfare or acknowledgement from anyone. On top of that, the abuse he copped at the 17th party hole last year was out of order.
Thankfully, the party hole is not being implemented at New South Wales Golf Club this year. Now we need a few people from Golf Australia to make contact with Allenby and welcome him back. He’s one of Australia’s best golfers and has always done his bit for the Australian Tour. The last thing we need is another bitter, home-grown golfer who isn’t given the respect and merit he deserves by Australian golf.