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Australian pro golfer assaulted, robbed near Waikiki

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Pro golfer Robert Allenby is recovering after he says he was kidnapped, beaten up and robbed Friday evening in Honolulu.

According to the Golf Channel, the 43-year-old was at a wine bar with his caddie Mick Middlemo and his friend Anthony Puntoriero. Neither of them were present at the time of the alleged kidnapping.

Police sources say Allenby was at Amuse Wine Bar on Kapiolani Blvd. and Piikoi St.

Allenby apparently signed his check at the bar around 10:45 p.m. Surveillance footage shows him leave the parking lot minutes later with a group of five or six people, according to the Golf Channel.

According to the Australian Associated Press, Allenby believes he may have been drugged by the suspects at the bar. Allenby woke up in a park several miles away to a woman who told him he was robbed. Allenby told the Australian Associated Press a retired military guy walking past paid for him to take a taxi back to his room at the Kahala hotel. That's where he called the police.

Golf Channel reporter Steve Sands says Allenby suffered facial injuries and was robbed of his cell phone, wallet, cash and credit cards.

The Australian golfer missed the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Sands says Allenby was supposed to fly back to the mainland Saturday morning.

The Golf Channel says Allenby awoke groggy and could not remember what had happened to him.

Spectators at this year's Sony Open say they are afraid the incident might paint a bad picture on the tournament and Hawaii.

"Absolutely it can, absolutely. But I hope we don't let that happen. I hope we really remember the Aloha Spirit. But yes, that kind of action will taint what's happening here," said Ko Olina resident Judy Fleming.

"Probably not the Sony Open, but it doesn't leave a good impression on Hawaii," Kailua resident Alice Murray said.

Allenby told the Australian Associated Press he didn't think he was gonna survive this one and he's confident the authorities will get the guys.

HPD has classified the case as a second-degree robbery. The investigation is ongoing.

The Sony Open says they will not be releasing a statement regarding the incident.

We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.

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