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Allenby a certain starter for PGA

By Dave Donaghy 28/11/2005 06:30:47 PM Comments (0)

Organisers of this week's Australian PGA Championship at Coolum have declared Robert Allenby a certain starter for the tournament despite concerns over a lingering hand injury.

Allenby, who claimed the Australian Open title by one stroke on Sunday, on Monday confirmed his availability for Thursday's opening round but will continue to undergo treatment for the painful injury.

The 34-year-old Victorian was almost forced to withdraw from the Open - staged at the treacherous Moonah Links course - after he fell onto a piece of glass three weeks ago and damaged a tendon in his right hand.

He rated himself as only a slight chance of playing the weekend prior to the start of the event before firing a course-record 63 during the opening round.

PGA Communications and Systems manager Toni Patsalides said Allenby was "definitely coming" to Coolum with a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Allenby had earlier indicated his desire to participate in the PGA Championship, as well as the following week's Australian Masters at Huntingdale, despite pleas from medicos to rest the hand.

He was also plagued by a chronic inflammation in his hands earlier in the year that kept him from being able to bend his fingers until he held them under hot water for a period of time.

Allenby will be joined as headline acts by US Open winner Michael Campbell, defending champion Peter Lonard and Stuart Appleby at the Hyatt Regency course that was drenched by a recent deluge.

Heavy rain late last week hampered preparations but course superintendent Bob Schmidt insisted the tournament would remain debacle free.

The Australian Open was marred by the threat of a player walkoff during the second round following a decision by officials to water the 12th green mid-round, after it was deemed unplayable.

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