GolfChannel.com report suggests Australian golfer spent "thousands" in Honolulu strip-club
So just what did happen to Robert Allenby that night in Hawaii? There seems to be quite a bit of confusion and some conflicting stories.
In his original account of what happened on January 16th, the night after he’d missed the cut at the Sony Open, the 47-year-old Australian said he went for dinner in a wine bar in Honolulu with his caddy before being robbed, beaten and kidnapped – thrown in the boot of a car and driven six miles to a park where he was dumped and rescued by a homeless woman.
It sounded like quite an ordeal and one that Allenby was lucky to escape from alive. But a number of eyewitnesses interviewed by GolfChannel.com have given a slightly different version of events.
The GolfChannel report gave a rough time-line of the night of the 16th that suggest Allenby was approached by two men and a woman at “Amuse Wine Bar” in Honolulu and video footage suggests he left the restaurant with them just after 11pm.
Two homeless men Chris Khamis and Toa Kaili, say they then found Allenby, unconscious but uninjured on the pavement some 20 minutes later.
Allenby was then seen at a strip-club about a mile from the restaurant he had been in where (according to the Golf Channel report) he and “friends” racked up a $3,400 bill.
Then, at about 1am, Allenby was back on the pavement where Khamis and Kaili had first seen him. This time he was “beyond drunk,” according to Kaili. “Totally blitz.”
Khamis and Kaili claim they watched Allenby stumble, fall and injure himself by hitting his head on a rock.
Allenby maintains that he was assaulted and says there is a 2.5-hour period of which he has no memory.
He is due to give a press conference later today at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Maybe that will shed some more light on things.