September 16 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- Robert Allenby has it all figured out.
The Aussie knows he needs to finish fifth or better to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the fourth time since it became the finale of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Allenby also feels certain that would take him inside the top 10 in the standings for the International Team for the Presidents Cup when the qualification period ends on Sunday.
Allenby has taken a big step in the right direction over the first two rounds of the BMW Championship. He fired a bogey-free 67 on Friday and is tied for fifth at 6 under, five strokes off the lead held by Mark Wilson and Justin Rose.
"I'm just sort of staying where I need to be," Allenby said. "Hopefully on the weekend I can just play a little bit better. But I'm putting well, gaining more confidence every day. All I can do is just go out there and play. ...
“I know what I've got to do, it's just a matter of focusing on each hole and each shot, and ... I just want to improve on my score every day. So far, so good, so hopefully tomorrow will be a good one."
Allenby is locked in a tight battle with several other Aussies for the final spots on Greg Norman's team to play at the Presidents Cup in November. Geoff Ogilvy, who is 5 under through 36 holes at Cog Hill, currently ranks 10th in the standings. Allenby is 14th and Aaron Baddeley, who is even par, ranks 15.
And John Senden, who ranks 23rd, owns solo fourth at the BMW Championship after Friday’s 66 left him 8 under.
The top 10 in the standings, which are based on the Official World Golf Ranking, on Sunday automatically qualify. Norman will complete his team with two Captain's picks on Sept. 27.
Allenby isn't looking at the leaderboards to see where his mates stand, though.
"I don't care what they shoot," he said. "I can only worry about myself. I can't control their destiny, I can only control my own. Obviously I've come here to try and play as good as I can and first of all make next week. That's my No. 1 goal. And then my second goal is to make The Presidents Cup.
“I figure that if I take care of the first goal, it'll take care of the second. I feel like I'm playing pretty good. Just got to keep scoring well, that's all."
Allenby, who has won twice at Royal Melbourne, didn't make the International team in 1998, which was the last time the Presidents Cup was played at Royal Melbourne. He calls it a "major, major disappointment," and added "I've already had the experience of missing out, so I'm going to do everything I can to try and get back in there."