• "People only believe what they want to," said the 45-year-old
• The Aussie said he's considered quitting 'a thousand times' since
Robert Allenby has hit out over false stories and said he’s contemplated quitting ‘a thousand times’ since the infamous incident in Hawaii in early 2015.
Back in January 2015 at the Sony Open, the 45-year-old Aussie alleged he had his drink spiked, was kidnapped then robbed from a bar in Honolulu, but several people, including his former caddie, questioned the story’s truth.
"People love to make up stories" - Robert Allenby
However, a man was jailed for five years for his part the crime and Allenby believes that, because of the way the story was reported, people won’t even know that it is the case.
“The stuff that’s happened off the golf course, there’s been some stupid stuff,” told Australian press ahead of the New South Wales Open. “But I think at the same time, a lot of it was taken out of . People love to make up stories, so you can believe what you want, but if you want the truth, come to me.
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“If someone spikes your drink, what do you do about that? You wake up about three hours later from a blow to the head and then you start to run from two guys who are kicking you on the ground.
“Now there’s a guy in jail in because of getting me into the point that I first got into. That’s the thing people don’t know, there’s a guy in jail for doing what he did to me. But people only believe what they want to believe.
“Do I have caddies that come out and say stuff that makes them feel good about themselves? Yes. The media left it alone after that because they didn’t want to hear the truth, so that’s why they disappeared.”
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As well as that incident in Hawaii, Robert Allenby also sacked his caddie mid-round at the 2015 RBC Canadian Open and was arrested in August for an incident outside an Illinois casino.
"I had stages where I was going to quit 1,000 times" - Robert Allenby
But now, the Aussie believes that he’s turned a corner thanks to the support of his family.
“I had stages where I was going to quit 1,000 times,” he added. “I just said, ‘You know what, screw this, you have to forget about everything and push forward. I haven’t killed anyone, I haven’t taken drugs — apart from being drugged. I really haven’t done a lot wrong. We are all humans and humans make mistakes’.”
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“That’s when the reality of quitting was really high on the list. It’s only through my wife Kym and my family that pulled me back.
“Otherwise I would have gone a year ago, no question. I would have found my own little hole and stayed in it for the rest of my life.”
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