However a knee injury mid-season saw Allenby miss the all-important WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and the following week’s US PGA Championship.
Still the decision to increase the number of events to 13 certainly hasn’t pleased Allenby.“It makes it even more difficult and particularly as I struggled this year to play the mandatory 12,” he said.“Really, you only need to find 11 and your 12th event can be Dubai as long as you are inside the top-60 to qualify.“But now with the decision that three of the 13 have to be played in Europe it makes things even harder.“The Tour just seems to want to shut us all out and while the decision may be about protecting sponsors and tournaments, really they are just trying to look after their own.“That’s understandable but then I guess it’s the same in the States because they’re trying to get Tiger and Phil to stay and play.“They can travel all over the world because they receive $US 2m or $US 3m to just turn up.“Each Tour is always trying to protect their own players.”Other Australians who were excited to join the Race to Dubai cash handout but have now been removed as European Tour members included Aaron Baddeley, who played just one money list counting event this year.
The Queenslander remained a full Tour member until moving to the United States in 2006.
However he again took up European Tour membership two years later playing a schedule that combined both the US Tour and also competing in the then mandatory 11 events.
The Victorian first played on the European Tour full time in 1992 but in 1999 moved to the States.