Allenby, Ogilvy have put beef behind them

WAYNE HEMING
Last updated 16:02 12/12/2012
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ROBERT ALLENBY: "Geoff and I kissed and made up a few weeks after that. We've been mates since we were kids. Everything is sweet. There are no hard feelings."

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Robert Allenby says anyone expecting conflict when he plays alongside Geoff Ogilvy in the Australian PGA Championship on Thursday will be disappointed.

Allenby said on Wednesday that media speculation that their heated spat at last year's tournament could resurface after they were paired together for the first two rounds was well wide of the mark.

"Geoff and I kissed and made up a few weeks after that," said Allenby, a four-time winner of the tournament.

"We've been mates since we were kids. Everything is sweet.

"There are no hard feelings."

Allenby said last year's incident was blown out of proportion and he and fellow US PGA Tour star Ogilvy were "rock solid".

Following last year's PGA Championship, the pair engaged in a slanging match before stunned onlookers in the Coolum resort village square, a glass was accidentally broken and Allenby reportedly invited Ogilvy to "step outside".

It followed Allenby's comments to the media about his inability to contribute a single point at the previous week's Presidents Cup, saying partners had also contributed to the results including Ogilvy hitting him into the trees three times off the tee during foursomes.

That drew a sarcastic tweet by Ogilvy as Allenby surged into contention before losing out in a play-off to Greg Chalmers.

Allenby said he'd already played a round with Ogilvy since their Coolum clash.

"I'm constantly asked about it (in the US) and I keep telling everyone we're still good mates," he said.

"The comments I made weren't meant to offend anyone."

Allenby has far more pressing concerns this time around with resurrecting his once super-consistent game after a horrible year on the US tour where he missed 10 of his past 13 cuts and seriously contemplated quitting.

Meanwhile, he said it was "very sad" the PGA Championship was leaving Coolum after the resort's owner, mining magnate Clive Palmer, and PGA officials failed to reach a new agreement.

The tournament, which has been played at the Sunshine Coast resort since 2002, appears headed for the Gold Coast.

"I love this place, this course, the relaxed atmosphere of this tournament," said Allenby.

"I've won a couple of times here and I always look forward to coming up to Coolum to end the year."

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