Monday, December 12, 2011


Geoff Ogilvy says he has not spoken to Presidents Cup team-mate Robert Allenby since the pair almost came to blows at a public dinner after the Australian PGA Championship.
The two were involved in an angry public exchange at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on November 27, a week after playing for the International team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.
Ogilvy confronted Allenby over comments the Victorian made about his playing partners, including him, after the Presidents Cup, which the United States won 19-15.
But despite reports the two had spoken since the confrontation, Ogilvy said on Monday that was not the case.
"I haven't talked to Robert. He left me a message on my phone when my phone was off last night actually, and he wants to bury the hatchet, if you like," Ogilvy said, speaking ahead of this week's JBWere Masters.
"It was fairly blown out of proportion, I think. I never had an issue with Robert. I just had an issue with what he said to the press.
"I mentioned that to him. We had a discussion about it. That was it, really. So there is no issue. We are still pretty good friends, I think."
In the wash-up from the Presidents Cup, Allenby, who lost all four of his matches at the tournament, said his partners had let him down, including claiming Ogilvy had hit him in 'the trees three times off the tee'.
Ogilvy said he was still friends with the 40-year-old, but admitted he was disappointed by Allenby's comments.
"When somebody says something like that it's disappointing. It wasn't really on a personal level," Ogilvy said.
"It's like, 'we had a really, really good week last week. Let's just run with that and see if we can build on the team spirit we built up and win it next time,' kind of thing. I mentioned that to him, and he gets my point and that's it."
World No 1 Luke Donald will headline the field at The Victoria Golf Club, having become the first player to top the money list on both the European and US PGA Tours in the same season.
The Englishman remains without a Major win, but Ogilvy said Donald's last 18 months were among the best he has ever seen.
"This year he has had - let's say in the last 18 months he has probably had one of the best 18 months people have ever had, anyone has ever had, including all the greats that you would instantly think of like Tiger (Woods) and (Greg) Norman and guys like that," Ogilvy said.
"Luke has been a machine, really. He finishes top-10 almost every week he tees it up."



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