x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Pairing with Robert Allenby would be fun for Geoff Ogilvy

Compatriots fell out at Presidents Cup, but Ogilvy thinks the pair would be able to sort things out before the Australian Masters.

MELBOURNE // Geoff Ogilvy says it could be "quite interesting" if he finds himself paired with his Presidents Cup teammate Robert Allenby at this week's Australian Masters after their public spat last month.

The two Australians exchanged heated words in a hotel restaurant after the tournament in their home country, confronting each other in a series of public comments.

Allenby had told the media that some stray shots by Ogilvy contributed to the Presidents Cup defeat, and not just his own 0-4 performance.

Ogilvy then made what was perceived to be a sarcastic remark on Twitter about Allenby's performance at the Australian PGA Championship the following week, when he lost in a playoff.

Ogilvy said yesterday he has not spoken to Allenby since, although Allenby had said he wants to clear the air.

"He 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 "were still good friends".

He added: "It could be quite interesting [if we're playing together]. I 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."

According to various reports, when the pair confronted each other at the hotel, Allenby suggested they take the matter outside and Ogilvy did not back down.

It ended with Allenby walking away.

Regardless of their relationship, Ogilvy said the ill feeling from last month could be brought to the surface by comments from the gallery at Victoria Golf Club if they play together.