Allenby under US Open injury cloud

In a late development there is now an injury cloud over Robert Allenby playing the US Open, a wrist injury a potential tournament threatening issue. It comes on top of having to withdraw from last week's St Jude Classic with tonsilitis.

Allenby is now the number one world ranked Australian and his efforts earlier this season gave an indication that this might well have been the opportunity to improve his dismal record in major championships. It might be yet, but he was a concerned golfer as he played a practice round on Tuesday afternoon at Pebble Beach with fellow Australian Paul Sheehan.

I caught up with him as he made the lengthy walk from the 5th green to the 6th tee.

"I took my kids out fishing on Sunday in the boat and I must have twisted it somehow throwing the fish up on to the boat and then back into the water."

"I can hardly hold the club at the moment and will try and sneak around to the 9th hole and then head back in. I can't even squeeze my fist at present it is hurting so much. I have not played here since 1999 so I was keen to have a look today. I will get some physio this afternoon and have some more treatment."

Allenby explained his recent indifferent form where he missed the cut at the Memorial and then withdrew from the St Jude Classic in Memphis, an event he had played so well in the previous two years.

After finishing runner-up at the Players Championship, Allenby was licking his lips at his chances in the events over the following few weeks.

"I was flushing it coming into the Memorial and then got the flu and was seriously sick that week. I went home for the weekend and started hitting balls again but by Wednesday night my throat was killing me."

"I lasted nine holes on Thursday in Memphis, I was groggy and dizzy with some medication I was taking and headed back to Florida where I saw my doctor who told me that I can either have surgery to remove my tonsils right now or we try and fight it with some antibiotics to get through this week."

"Then yesterday the wrist came up and there is also some bruising on the right arm as well. I am not 100% sure that it isn't a reaction to the antibiotics but I now feel confident that is a case of doing too much on the boat last Sunday. That is all it can be."

"My son is a good fisherman - perhaps too good as we hauled in a few 15 to 20 pounders."

"What a break. I am just hoping it will get better each day but I will be very disappointed if I don't get to play. The course looks perfect and straight forward to play. I am actually hitting the ball really well. Leading into the Memorial I was hitting it as good as I was at the TPC and my confidence is still high but it is just that in the last two tournaments I have been really sick."

"I won't make a final decision until Thursday morning."

Bruce Young
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