Richard Allenby ranks 27th on the career PGA money list with $27 million in earnings. His wallet contains a little less money after thugs rolled him in Hawaii Friday night.
Several men allegedly abducted the Australian golfer from a Honolulu wine bar, stole his wallet and other belongings, and dumped him almost seven miles away. Allenby, in Hawaii for the Sony Open, had missed the cut. He believes one of the robbers slipped a drug in his drink.
“I was separated from my friend [Anthony Puntoriero] in the bar after we had paid the tab at 10:48 p.m.,” the golfer told the Australian Associated Press, “and he went to the bathroom and next thing you know I’m being dumped in a park miles away.”
The golfer says he is “lucky to be alive.” He confesses, “I didn’t think I was going to survive this one.”
Allenby, his face showing clear signs of trauma, reports that a homeless woman found him and a retired military veteran arranged for transportation back to his hotel after losing his cash, credit cards, and cell phone in the robbery.
The police review surveillance footage from the bar to track down Allenby’s assailants.