Australian pro-golfer Robert Allenby was allegedly kidnapped, robbed and beaten up by unknown men in Waikiki, Hawaii, on Friday night, reports the USA Today. According to Allenby’s caddie, who was with him when the attack took place, they were in a wine bar on Friday night. Allenby was beaten by the men, taken in to a car, drugged, and robbed before they dumped him some six miles away in a park. He added that Robert was first found by a homeless woman and then helped by a retired military man who assisted the player to somehow get back to his hotel.
Allenby went public with the revelation of the attack on Sunday and released a statement in which he termed the incident an “unfortunate ordeal.” He also confirmed that he had suffered bumps and bruises in the ordeal. The incident happened after he missed the cut at the Sony Open, reports ABC News.
In the statement released by Allenby after the attack, he has thanked the local authorities and officials from the Sony Open and the PGA Tour for their help.
“I’d like to thank the local authorities, Sony Open and PGA TOUR officials and others that have assisted me throughout this unfortunate ordeal. I’d also like to thank the many people that have reached out with their well-wishes and support. Medically, I thankfully didn’t suffer anything major beyond some bumps and bruises that will take a bit of time to heal. My plan currently is to fly back to the mainland and at that point, evaluate my ability to play next week at the Humana Challenge.”
A photo of Robert Allenby showing his bruised face was posted by the Golf Channel.
Meanwhile, Robert did speak to Australian media houses about the incident. He told the Australian Associated Press that he was drugged by his attackers and that he had initially thought he wouldn’t survive the attack.
“I didn’t think I was going to survive this one. I was separated from my friend in the bar after we had paid the tab at 10:48pm and he went to the bathroom and next thing you know I’m being dumped in a park miles away. I only know this part because a homeless woman found me and told me she saw a few guys pull up and throw me out of the car. That is where I got the scrapes above my eye from the sidewalk.”
Investigation in to the incident is already on with both the local police and the PGA Tour FBI officials trying to find the reason for the attack.
[Image via ABC News]