Allenby ready to put 2011 drama behind him

He dropped 39 places in the world rankings over the calendar year, from 21st to 60th and as such is yet to qualify for any of this year’s major championships.

“I have good years and then I have average years and I think last year was an average year for my standards,” Allenby admitted.

Allenby ready to put 2011 drama behind him

“But in the last month since returning from Australia I have sat back and had a good look at myself and my game and I really feel I’m on track for a great year.”

Ever the optimist, the Victorian says with his private life more settled and the issue with Ogilvy dead and buried, the time is now for his best golf.

The main issue standing in the way of besting his career-high ranking of 12th is focus.

“Right now I can honestly say I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been in life,” he said.

“I am really comfortable in my skin and I’m excited for the year. All my worries from last year are out of play, which is a sensational feeling.

“I feel like my focus is back. I’m hungry to be a top 15 player in the world and I’m focused on making it happen.”

Fellow Australians John Senden, Nathan Green, Jarrod Lyle and Gavin Coles plus New Zealand rookie Danny Lee will join Allenby in the field.

Having notched up three previous top 10s at Waialae, including a runner up finish in 2010, Allenby comes into the event with confidence despite admitting this week will be about removing the final kinks.

“I have had some success here and it is such a good way to start the year,” he said.

“I get to see where my game is at and if there is an area of my game that isn’t sharp I have a week to work on it before Torrey Pines and the west coast swing.

“It’s almost a working holiday but obviously I am here to play as good as I can and win.

“I need to get my ranking down a little bit to cement a place in the WGC Matchplay (top 64) and also the majors.

“I see myself doing that in the next few weeks.”

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