Robert Allenby was born in Melbourne, Victoria on 12 July 1971. His father belonged to Leeds, England and as a young man he had immigrated to Australia. Robert Allenby started his professional career in the year 1992 and immediate success knocked on his door. He topped the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in his very first season and repeated the same in 1994. He has won 13 events on his home tour and that included one as an amateur. Allenby also started to play on the European Tour which was his main tour till 1998. In the Official World Golf Ranking he has been ranked in top 10 positions.
Allenby now mainly plays in USA on the PGA tour. He had exempt status for the year 1999 as in 1998 he finished at 17th position in the Qualifying School. The first season in the US was disappointing for him but year 2000 proved good as he won Advil Western Open and Shell Houston Open. Year 2001 also proved good for him and he came 16th on the money list similar to previous year.
Although he has not won since 2001 but still managed to land in top 50 golfers from 2002-2004. In 2004 he tied 7th place in US Open and that was the highest place he achieved. The year 2005 proved good for him as he scored Triple Crown in Australian PGA, Australian Masters and Australian Open. This made him the first Australian golfer to achieve such feat. In 2009 Allenby defeated Henrik Stenson in a playoff and became the Australian golfer to win the Nedbank Goild Challenge in South Africa. This ended his drought and marked his first professional win in four years. On his return back to Australia he won his 4th Australian PGA Championship.
2011 Masters Tournament saw Allenby miss out in second round by one stroke and bogeyed the 18th hole. In start of 2012 in Mayokoba Golf Classic Allenby’s misjudged tee shot landed him in the rough on the 72nd hole and landed him in a playoff situation with rookie John Huh. He lost to Huh at the 8th extra hole.
Allenby represented the International Team in President’s Cup in the years 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2009. He was awarded Australian Sports Medal on 22 June 2000.
Allenby is the official spokes person for Challenge Cancer Support Network and has helped to raise approx 9 million dollars since 1993. The money was raised for children suffering from cancer and blood disorders.
Controversy followed him resulting from some statements he made at 2009 and 2011 President’s Cup. After loosing to Anthony Kim in 2009, Allenby alleged Kim of all night party a night before the single matches. These statements were denied by Kim and members of American Team. Allenby accused his team mate for bad play after he could not score any points for the international team in the year 2011. This statement was not at all welcomed by Geoff Ogilvy, one of his partner in 2011 President’s Cup. Ogilvy made a tweet that was found sarcastic by Allenby in the Australian PGA Championship. Heated remarks were exchanged between Allenby and Ogilvy after the end of the tournament and they almost reached a point of fighting.
Robert Allenby currently lives in Jupiter, Florida.