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Allenby Looking Forward To Getting On "Real" Greens

He might have an ounce of credibility if he even tried to play ready golf, didn't use some sort of hideous claw putting grip or if he displayed even a semblance of game to justify his Presidents Cup selection. Nonetheless, I share this because the greens are just fine to great considering the severity of Tuesday's storms, so slide this into the spoiled children files...from an AAP report:

Allenby, a controversial International team captain's pick for next week's Presidents Cup, sounded happy to leave The Lakes and head to hometown Melbourne to get some early practice at the Cup venue.

"I'm not quite at my absolute best but I'll have the whole weekend at Royal Melbourne," Allenby said after shooting 73 for a 4-over-par 148 total.

"I played a lot better today, drove it better (but) putting on these greens isn't going to do you any favours.

"I'm happy to get down there (to Royal Melbourne) and putt on some real greens."

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Reader Comments (23)

WE say Wanker down here.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeith86
Yeah, he's a real maestro on the greens. Just have to get him on the right surfaces (or put up those inflatable bumpers they have for kids' bowling).
Tried to find his GIR vs. putting stats on and failed.
I'm guessing -200 in the new strokes gained-putting category isn't so hot though.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
What was Norman saying about he chose his captains picks based on form, unlike Fred?
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
If you can't hole putts at The Lakes you have less chance of holing them at Royal Melbourne
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
I agree with Mike. The Mackenzie greens at about a 13 should cure him.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoel
Not sure if "real greens" will help him. In his two days at Aussie Open, he pushed several drives well right, pulled several short irons, attempted a flop shot but hit it over the back of the green, and hit a dead shank straight into a lake in front of him. His body language was very negative and he looked bitter the whole time. His caddie Robert Floyd probably was thinking "This guy sucks"
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Mike, is his comment directed at your contouring or the quality of the turf?
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCK
Finally, I have a way to stop confusing him with Appleby.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
If you don't like A4 greens running at about 11 and smooth as a baby's bottom, then maybe you should try tennis
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
It sounds like Allenby should have done Peter O'Malley one better and hit every shot with his eyes closed.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJS
I love golfers that have the talent to play golf for a living bitch like a mean nasty sheila. He sounds like Bubba from down under.
Given how awful Allenby's putting has been over the last decade, I guess all the greens in the world (except for Royal Melbourne apparently) aren't real greens.

The bottom line is Allenby is a horrible putter.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Robbie the pole smoker. What a toss bag.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Colonel
Wasn't John Senden under consideration for one of the captain's picks before Norman settled on Allenby?

That is looking like a terrible decision now.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Rule #496:

You must have a major under your belt before complaining about playing conditions
11.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
probably says something about him that he's gone thru several caddies
11.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Terrible putters always complain about how terrible the greens are...nothing new here, except that it's coming from an established veteran pro golf ball whacker.

Great putters tend to love whatever greens they're currently putting on...I know, cheezy line, but it's true.
11.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
It seems to me his problem was more that his first putt was for par, not that he couldn't putt.
11.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
Some golfers you just never like, for no particular reason. I have never liked a recent Ryder Cup Captain, who let hs wife drive about half the time, and I have never liked Allenby; maybe because of his cheesey glasses: maybe his loser body language: I just dont know. But now I have a reason to not like him, the putter whiner that he is.

Weird thing is, I'd probably like both if I ever met them. Who knows?
11.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Not sure if his comment was turf - which looks perfect to me - or contour. At 7 on Thursday he was left with the tee shot and thinned a chip across the green onto the top tier leaving a putt he couldn't get within ten feet.
I remember doing that green and talking about that putt and saying that no one would ever hit the ball up there when the pin was down the hill. He is the only one I have ever seen manage it,
11.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike clayton
I think he was saying that the greens at the lakes are a little tricked up, and they also seem to be a little grainy (just from watching the last few days). Seems like all the Americans are struggling on the greens.
11.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Poor Robbie struggles everywhere on the greens. And is always injured. Or that's his excuse. Weak, weak, weak.
11.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Colonel
He was choking and disconnecting, that's all.
11.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDexter

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