Robert Allenby kidnapped from bar, robbed, beaten in Hawaii
Australian golfer Robert Allenby was kidnapped from a bar in Hawaii Friday night, and robbed and beaten by his assailants, according to his caddie.
Allenby’s caddie, Mick Middlemo, told Golf Channel’s Steve Sands that Allenby was in a wine bar near Waikiki with Middlemo and another friend when he was allegedly kidnapped. The Australian Associated Press identified the friend as Anthony Puntoriero. Neither Middlemo nor Puntoriero were with Allenby at the time of his kidnapping, Golf Channel reports.
Allenby was beaten up as you can see from the photo and had a big scrape above his left eye and cut on his nose. His wallet and cellphone were stolen, including cash and credit cards.
The golfer was dropped off in a park six miles away from the bar where he was drinking. A military veteran picked him up and took him to the Kahala Hotel. Golf Channel says Allenby woke up groggy and without recollection of what happened.
Allenby missed the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii Friday after shooting a pair of 71s in the first two rounds. He planned to fly back to the mainland on Saturday, his caddie said.
According to the report, Allenby and police were reviewing surveillance footage from the bar in an attempt to identify potential suspects.
Sadly, as we have seen before, athletes can be targets for this sort of thing because of their wealth.