Allenby stars despite injury

Robert Allenby ignored a twisted ankle to take a share of the lead after the opening round of the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Robert Allenby ignored a twisted ankle to take a share of the lead after the opening round of the Sony Open in Honolulu.
The Australian fell off a curb in the Hawaiian city on Monday but his injury did not prove detrimental to his first day on the PGA Tour this year in blustery conditions at the Waialae Country Club.
Allenby shot a five-under-par 65 to take a share of a six-way lead in the first full-field tournament of the season with Americans Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, John Merrick, Ryan Palmer and PGA Tour Qualifying School winner Troy Merritt.
The sextet enjoy a one-shot lead over a 10-man group at four under including world number three Steve Stricker and Tom Lehman of the United States, Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera, the reigning Masters champion.
Love III had a bogey-free round while only Allenby and Merrick of the leaders had played in the afternoon wave at Waialae, but the Australian’s only concern had been getting through the round.
“I’ll take that,” the Australian said of his opening-round score. “I didn’t know what to expect today.
“I twisted my ankle on Monday and didn’t know whether I was going to play, tried it out yesterday and sort of scraped it around the golf course.
“I kind of did the same things today really. It’s all a bit abbreviated, the old swing, but the short game’s good and that’s what counts. You need that when you’re not 100%.”
Starting his round at the 10th hole, Allenby was four under as he made the turn, only to bogey his 10th hole, the par-four first.
A birdie at the par-three fourth was cancelled out by another bogey at his 16th before he bounced back with consecutive birdies to close.
A trio of Americans, 50-year-old Michael Allen, Ricky Barnes and Troy Matteson were at three under, Open champion Stewart Cink and Rory Sabbatini of South Africa were two of 11 men at two under. Fiji’s Vijay Singh, and South African duo Ernie Els and Retief Goosen were among another large group on one under par.
That left only 45 golfers in the 144-man field under par yet within five shots of the lead heading into the second round.
Londoner Brian Davis finished on level par after his 70, as did US PGA champion Y E Yang and Swede Fredrik Jacobson, while Norway’s Henrik Bjornstad shot a 71.
Justin Rose and Luke Donald were both off the pace as they began their 2010 campaigns.
The European Ryder Cup stars failed to get the better of the tough, tight confines of the par-70, 7,068-yard course on the Pacific Ocean.
Both Englishmen finished the day with over-par first-round scores, Rose on two over after a three-birdie, five-bogey 72.
Donald was four over following a 74 with Sweden’s Jesper Parnevik another shot in arrears alongside US Open champion Lucas Glover.