Date: September 26, 2008

Allenby joins race to Dubai

Australian Robert Allenby has followed Vijay Singh&aposs lead by pledging to join the European Tour next year in order to play in the lucrative Race to Dubai. The world No.33 will scale back his PGA Tour schedule in 2009 in order to play more events on this side of the Atlantic, something world No.2 Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy are also considering doing. Next year the final event of the season – the Dubai World Championship – carries a prize fund of US$10million with a further US$10million shared between the top 15 finishers in the Race to Dubai, which replaces the current Order of Merit. “You&aposre talking 20 million bucks. You&aposd be stupid not to join,” said the 37-year-old Allenby. “Some tournaments over here get a bit monotonous, with the thick rough. I miss the fairway by two feet and I&aposm screwed. My body hasn&apost been handling it very well, particularly my tennis elbow.” “They play a lot of different courses (on the European Tour), whereas we play a lot of courses that seem the same.” “The other thing is to freshen my mind up. I&aposve been playing here for 10 years and I played in Europe for seven years before that.”