Allenby has unfinished business at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Preview | 20 Nov 2002
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Robert Allenby said today that his four putt in the final round of the 2000 Australians Open, which may well have cost him victory there, means there is unfinished business for him at the Australian Open. Speaking in a press conference today, Allenby confirmed his satisfaction with his form this year suggesting he had played very well, giving himself plenty of opportunities and although he had not won, he was very relaxed about this week and had been looking forward to it for some time.

Allenby, who heads for the Sun City event next week instead of defending his PGA title at Hyatt Coolum, spoke on that issue today suggesting that if he had to choose between winning the Australian Open and the Sun City event then the Australian Open would be without doubt his choice. “I think I’ve got enough money to get me through. It is all about winning and this is our national title. The Sun City does not rank in the same category as the Australian Open.”

When pressed for a winning score, Allenby said that it was impossible to predict a winning score around here due to the impact that weather will have on the course either way. If he had to he would suggest a score of single figures under par if it stays firm. If there is rain then it may be in the teens under par that takes the title.

Allenby went on to say that he is driving the ball as long as he can possibly hit it right now and, although the course calls for perhaps for a more conservative approach from the tee, he will still hit a lot of drivers. There were a few holes that he had mapped out for a more conservative approach but he is going to attack where appropriate. He singled out the par four eleventh and the par three fourteenth as the danger holes but added that all the ’tricky stuff’ was on holes 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16. Most of those holes have considerable movement in the green and will get lightning fast at times during the week.

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