Born: July 12, 1971
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Turned Pro: 1991
Sponsors: Taylor Made, Srixon
Robert Allanby turned professional at the age of 20 in 1991. He realized almost immediate success, leading the PGA Tour of Australasia’s money list in both 1992 and 1994.
Allanby began playing the more lucrative European Tour in the mid 1990’s. He has won 4 European Tour titles. In 1996, Allanby won three times in Europe and finished the year #3 on the tour’s Order of Merit (money list). He also entered the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ratings for the first time.
In 1998, Allanby decided to take a crack at the PGA Tour and he finished 17th at the year-end qualifying school tournament, earning his card for the 1999 season. Within a year, Allanby began to win in America. In 2000, he won the Shell Houston Open and the Advil Western Open. In 2001, he won two more times. He captured the Nissan L.A. Open at Riviera Country Club by coming out on top of a six-man sudden death playoff.
Allanby has created his fair share of controversy over the years, especially in 2015. In 2009, he criticized American Anthony Kim at the President’s Cup. In 2011, again at the Presidents Cup, Allanby justified his 0-4 record by explaining that his partners played poorly.
Allanby had to withdraw from a tournament in Hawaii after claiming he was mugged and knocked unconscious. In July, at the Canadian Open, Allanby got into a verbal altercation with this caddie that resulted in the two parting company after 9 holes.
Allanby’s play has seemingly suffered from the distractions during the 2015 season. Through the end of July, he has made the cut in only 7 of his 23 starts.