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'Do you want to go?': Allenby challenges Ogilvy to a restaurant brawl

There was almost a spot of fisticuffs between Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby on Sunday after a very public row at a post-tournament dinner.

Robert Allenby: not a happy man.
Robert Allenby: not a happy man.
Image: David Callow/AP/Press Association Images

YOU MIGHT THINK that the President’s Cup is a bit of a mickey mouse end-of-season tournament that nobody really cares about. You’d be wrong.

Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy care. A lot.

The Aussie golf stars very nearly came to blows over dinner on Sunday evening as the fallout from their defeat in this year’s Cup turned ugly.

Allenby, included in the International team as one of captain Greg Norman’s picks, failed to score a single point in the 19-15 loss to America.

But when asked about his poor showing, Allenby pointed the finger of blame at his playing partners for the opening two days, one of whom was Ogilvy.

Tensions between the two came to a head following Sunday’s final round of the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum.

Allenby confronted Ogilvy at a post-tournament dinner, angered by a tweet which he sent on Saturday saying “warms the heart to see Robert playing so well this week.”

Sportal.com.au reports that Ogilvy “was overheard accusing Allenby of throwing him under the bus and openly questioned his character, which sent the four-time PGA winner into a rage.”

Allenby inadvertently broke a wine glass and screamed ‘do you want to go?’, prompting Ogilvy, who was surrounded by seven friends, to get out of his chair in front of a captivated and stunned audience.

Allenby then challenged Ogilvy to meet him outside to settle their differences before storming off.

But despite their very public argument, it appears that the two have managed to put their differences aside.

Allenby’s manager Tony Bouffler told FoxSports.com.au that the pair remain good friends.

It was just two guys who’d had a few tough weeks letting off some steam and getting some things off their chest. It appears from what I’ve heard things may have been blown out of proportion. They’re good mates and they’re still good mates.

A mickey mouse end-of-season tournament that nobody really cares about? I don’t think so.

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