Date of Birth:12th July 1971Country:Australia

Robert Allenby

A tough player with a heart of gold, Robert Allenby has shown his resilience on the off the golf course. The Australian suffered horrendous injuries - including a broken sternum - in a car accident in Spain in 1996 but recovered to become one of the most consistent players in the world. Allenby, who had shown his potential as an amateur when winning the Victorian Open in Australia before joining the professional ranks, divided his time between the PGA Tour in America and the PGA European Tour in 2009 but had to wait until the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City (where he beat Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at the third hole of sudden-death) before claiming a tournament win. The Aussie followed up that win the following week when claiming the Australian PGA Championship, a win he dedicated to his mother Sylvia who passed away earlier in the year after a long battle with breast cancer. The Nedbank victory was Allenby’s first on tour since the 2005 Australian Masters but he’d shown a return to former earlier in the 2009 season with a second-place finish alongside Pádraig Harrington in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and also secured top-fives in the St Jude Classic and the Honda Classic . . . . Allenby is the patron of the Challenge Cancer Support Network in Melbourne, Australia, which has raised more than Aus$ 9 million since 1993 for children with cancer and blood disorders.