"I'm just happy to be alive," Allenby told the Associated Press
Pro golfer Robert Allenby says he was kidnapped and robbed on Friday night in Honolulu.
After missing the Sony Open cut, the Australian went to Amuse Wine Bar, where he remembers enjoying dinner and a few glasses of red wine, he told the Associated Press. And then – nothing.
The next thing Allenby recalls is waking up surrounded by homeless people kicking and prodding him.
“I’m just happy to be alive,” said Allenby, who posted a picture to his private Facebook account that shows nasty cuts on his forehead and nose.
“I don’t know what they hit me with between the eyeballs, whether a fist or a baseball bat,” he added. “Whatever it was, it hurts.”
The golfer’s wallet, driver’s license, PGA Tour badge and cell phone were taken.
Surveillance footage shows Allenby leaving the wine bar with four people, but he says that he doesn’t know who they are. He told the AP that he believes he was drugged.
“I seriously don’t even remember meeting these people,” Allenby said of the camera footage. “That’s what is weird. All I know is that I was walking very quietly with them and normal. It didn’t make any sense at all.”
The story has raised some suspicions, however. A homeless woman who found Allenby disputed some details of his tale, telling KITV that she found him only a mile from the restaurant, not six as he has claimed.
And though Allenby has said Keane saw him get pushed out of car, she says she never saw that happen.
“It’s such a shame that people are focusing on whether the story is true,” Allenby said in texts to the Golf Channel. “I say you only have to look at me to see the truth.”
Honolulu police are investigating the case as a second-degree robbery, according to ESPN.