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Report: Golfer kidnapped, robbed near Waikiki


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Australian golfer Robert Allenby says he was robbed, beaten and dumped in a park after missing the cut in the Sony Open, leaving him with cuts and a deep scrape on his forehead.

"I should be OK, just in a lot of pain," Allenby said in a text message to the Associated Press. He said he was still meeting with the FBI on Saturday evening.

Golf Channel reported during the Sony Open telecast that Allenby was in a wine bar Friday night when he became separated from his caddie and a friend from Australia. The caddie told the network that Allenby was beaten, robbed of his cellphone, cash and credit cards and driven some 6 miles away and dumped in a park. 

He was found by a retired military man, who paid for his cab back to the Kahala Hotel & Resort, near Waialae Country Club.

A message left at the hotel was not answered.

Contacted by Australian Associated Press, the 43-year-old Allenby said he might have been drugged in the Amuse Wine Bar and taken to an underground garage where he was robbed and thrown into the trunk of a car.

"I didn’t think I was going to survive this one," he said.

A bartender at Amuse, at 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., confirmed the police were there Saturday. 

Allenby said a homeless woman in the park told him she saw him thrown out of the car, which led to the scrapes on his forehead. 

Star-Advertiser staff contributed to this report.

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