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Allenby-Ogilvy spat adds spice to Aus Masters

This week’s Australian Masters could be given a spicier edge than usual if leading Australian golfers George Ogilvy and Robert Allenby are paired together following a heated confrontation between the two last month.

"It could be quite interesting," Ogilvy said Monday. "If think we'd be professionals and work it out pretty quickly but we might get a few in the gallery that will try to entice us a little bit. It might be quite fun."

Last month, Allenby defended his performance at the Presidents Cup by citing mistakes made by team-mate Ogilvy from the tee that contributed to his 0-4 record in Melbourne.

Ogilvy took to social media to respond as Allenby played at the Australian Open, tweeting: "Warms the heart to see Robert playing so well this week." Allenby interpreted the comments as being sarcastic, while Ogilvy insists they were genuine.

Regardless, Allenby reportedly confronted his compatriot in a hotel and suggested they take the matter outside and Ogilvy didn't back down. It ended with Allenby walking away.

“He [Allenby] left a message on my phone when it was off last night saying he wants to bury the hatchet," said Ogilvy, who added he never had an issue with Allenby, just with what he said, and that they are still good friends.

Competing against them will be Greg Chalmers, the Australian Open and Australian PGA winner last month, who is trying to become the second player to complete the Australian Triple Crown.

He will have recently crowned double-money title winner, Luke Donald, to contend with along with the likes of Ian Poulter and Italian starlet Matteo Manaseero.

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