HONOLULU – His left eye bruised and swollen shut, Australian golfer Robert Allenby was still shaking Sunday over a beating and robbery that left him able to remember little.
"You think ... that happens in the movie, not real life," Allenby said by phone Sunday. "I'm just happy to be alive."
Allenby posted a photo to his private Facebook account showing a bloodied scrape on his forehead and the bridge of his nose. He said that came from being tossed from the trunk of a car. He said the bruise on his left eye must have come from being beaten in the car.
"I don't know what they hit me with between the eyeballs, whether a fist or a baseball bat," he said. "Whatever it was, it hurts."
Allenby told the story this way: After missing the Sony Open cut, he went to Amuse Wine Bar in Honolulu on Friday night with his caddie and a friend from Australia. Allenby remembers having dinner and a few glasses of red wine.
He returned to the bar on Saturday with police and watched tape from a surveillance camera that showed him leaving with four people, but he doesn't remember that. Allenby said he has no recollection until getting kicked and prodded by homeless people staying in the park where he was dumped.
Allenby's wallet, cash, driver's license, PGA Tour badge and cellphone were taken.
Allenby said he was checked out by doctors but did not have a blood test to determine whether he was drugged.
A surveillance cameras showed his friend Anthony Puntoriero talking to someone in the bar, he said.
"I think that was a decoy, a distraction," Allenby said. "I went to the bathroom, came out of the bathroom and was told that Anthony had left and was downstairs waiting for me. I go downstairs and then, bang! They knock me out and take me 6 or 7 miles away."
He said the tape showed one man put a hand on Allenby's shoulder.
"I seriously don't even remember meeting these people," he said. "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."
Allenby said a homeless woman told him he was thrown out of a car, but the ordeal wasn't over. He said several people in the park were "kicking me to see if I was alive, and then trying to steal everything else from me."
He said a man who said he was in the Army came to his aid. Instead of having him call an ambulance or the police, Allenby said he wanted to go back to the Kahala Resort at Waialae Country Club because "I just wanted to be in a safe place." The man called for a taxi and paid the fare.
"I'm still shaking, still scared," Allenby said. "It's just so surreal, just amazing. How does that happen to me? I went from one area where I could have died to another area where I got dumped and homeless people are trying to mug me even more. Sometimes we're all naive. We only think this happens in the movies."