Party hole surprise winner for Allenby
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | Round Three | 15 Dec 2007
Even the man who was arguably its biggest detractor, Robert Allenby, could not now argue the merits of the introduction of a party hole to Australian Open golf.
Allenby’s birdie from 20 feet in today’s third round took him into the outright lead in the event and he responded by throwing his ball to the crowd. So pumped was he by what was a fantastic reaction from the more than 1,500 spectators surrounding the green that he threw the ball well over the bar area behind the green when attempting to give the ball to the crowd.
Allenby’s gesture yesterday to wear ear muffs in a gesture of jest and perhaps self-mocking diffused what might otherwise have been an ugly situation over the weekend. There is little doubt that Paul McNamee’s decision to proceed with his idea of spreading the destination points in a golf tournament with the introduction of the party hole concept has worked well.
In the group following, James Nitties also holed a similar length putt and received a crowd response the likes of which he has never heard before let alone experienced for himself.