Robert Allenby looks to forget nightmare 2015 at the Sony Open
By Associated Press
Last Updated: 13/01/16 10:33am
Robert Allenby looks to put his horror 2015 both on and off the course behind him as he returns to action at this week's Sony Open.
The 44-year-old has slumped to world No 600 after making the cut in only seven of his 29 starts worldwide last year, failing to finish higher than tied-30th at the Web.com Tour Championship.
This week's event marks the first anniversary of Allenby's missed cut in Hawaii, where the Australian went out in a bar in Honolulu and was left with a bloodied forehead and no memory of what happened.
While Allenby feels last year's incident marred his reputation and his season, the 21-time PGA Tour winner, who has only missed the tournament three times in his 17 years on the tour, was still keen to make a return.
"I've got so many great memories here that I wasn't going to let one bad one interrupt it," he said on Sunday. "I also thought for my own well-being that maybe I could come here and face it and put some closure on what happened last year.
"I've always enjoyed coming here, and part of me just wanted to face it on the chin. I didn't want people to think that I wouldn't come back.
"Not that I care what people think, but I wanted to come back and play well and move forward."
Allenby failed to post a single top-50 finish on the PGA Tour in 2015 and using his one-time exemption from the PGA Tour career money list to play this year.
Despite making the cut once in his past five visits to Hawaii, three top-10 appearances at Waialae in the past gives him plenty of hope, although he thought about skipping the tournament until last week.
"I thought long and hard about not coming," he added. "But I said to (wife) Kym, 'I need to go. I want to go.' I love the golf course.
"The people are always so friendly to me. I know there will be media and all that, but I'm ready to move on with it. I'm not going to let it bother me. The reason I came here was to play and play well."
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