15 Dec 2008

Top Australian golfer slams Open organisation

10:27 am on 15 December 2008

The top Australian golfer Robert Allenby has savaged Golf Australia for it's promotion of alocohol and the local media for their treatment of the Ameriocan John Daly during the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

Allenby who's played 20 straight Australian Opens, suggested the so-called "stadium hole" on the 17th, where a bar was set up, promoted alcoholism rather than golf, and maybe that's one of the reasons Australian golf is slipping.

And he was scathing about Daly's treatment and the lack of control by course marshals which led to Daly's smashing of a spectator's camera when he was playing alongside the American during the second round. The errant spectator criticised Daly in a newspaper interview despite being totally out of order on the golf course.

For the first time in many years, Australia's showpiece event went ahead without a naming rights sponsor, and Allenby has implied he might not enter next year's tournament.