Hot pairing for PGA
AUSTRALIAN PGA tournament director Andrew Langford-Jones has laughed off suggestions boxing gloves may be issued to Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy on the first tee at the Palmer Coolum Resort on Thursday.
Allenby and Ogilvy almost came to blows 12 months ago after a simmering Presidents Cup feud turned nasty in front of stunned onlookers dining in the resort's Village Square.
During their heated exchange a glass was smashed and Allenby invited Ogilvy to ''step outside and settle things''.
Their first-round pairing in Thursday's opening round of the Australian PGA Championship raised eyebrows, given that neither golfer has spoken publicly about their relationship since their ugly Coolum clash.
Allenby, the only player from either side not to score a Presidents Cup point, had been critical of several of his teammates - one of which was Ogilvy, who he said ''hit me into the trees three times off the tee''.
During the final round at Coolum last year, as Allenby was charging up the leaderboard, Ogilvy posted on his Twitter account: ''warms the heart to see Robert playing so well this week''.
Allenby, who went on to lose a three-way playoff to Greg Chalmers at the event, confronted Ogilvy about his tweet, accusing him of being sarcastic.
But Langford-Jones was confident the two players would conduct themselves professionally.
''Both of them were keen to play with each other. They're long-time mates, they're Presidents Cup teammates,'' he said.