SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Robert Allenby is sticking to his story. When he met with the media Tuesday ahead of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Allenby delivered no mea culpa, no confession of a made-up tale, no revelations of what really happened on the night of Jan. 16 when he disappeared from The Amuse Bar in Honolulu with three men whom he claims he’d never met before. Instead, he reiterated that he was a victim of a crime. As for his unraveling story that he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten? Well, he just doesn’t remember what happened for nearly 2 1/2 hours on the night in question.
“From about 11:06 (p.m.) to about 1:27 a.m., I have no memory in my brain,” he said.
Of reports that he charged thousands of dollars to his credit card at a strip club that night, after having missed the cut in the Sony Open: “No memory of that,” Allenby said.
Amnesia is a convenient excuse. How he could be so sure of those exact times in his lapse of memory, he didn’t say. Apparently, he can tell us all about what he was doing at exactly 1:28 a.m. Allenby, who said he had taken a blood test to see whether drugs were in his system but didn’t reveal the results, is sure of this: “There’s no way in the world what I drank could do what was done to me,” said Allenby, 43, a four-time Tour winner from Australia. “Not a chance in the world.”
Allenby’s swollen left eye and bruises have subsided. So have the headaches, he said. For the first time, he noted that he suffered a concussion, presumably from a fall. The Honolulu police continue to investigate, he said. So far, no arrests have been made. In Allenby’s defense, his credit card was stolen and thousands of dollars reportedly charged to it.
When asked how he was feeling heading into this week’s tournament, Allenby cracked, “I’m hitting the ball well,” before dropping all pretense of optimism.
“Mentally, I’m preparing myself for probably one of the toughest weeks of my life,” Allenby said.
Yet rather than hang his hat on how embarrassed he is and ask for understanding, Allenby played the blame game, directing his anger at the media, which he claimed to be “amazing experts at investigations.” When asked what surprised him the most during his 10-day ordeal, he said, “I realized that I don’t have any friends in the media. Maybe one. That’s it.”
Tiger Woods also scolded the media for making his missing tooth, disclosed earlier this month in Italy last week and since repaired, into a big story. When asked how it feels to have so many people not believe him, Woods said, “Dude, you guys, it’s just the way the media is. It is what it is.”
Where the truth lies in both cases likely is somewhere in between. But don’t expect Woods or Allenby to provide the answers.
“I have been trying and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” Allenby said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”