The strange tale of Robert Allenby's mugging in Hawaii turned even stranger on Monday when a TV station reported a conflicting account of what happened to the Australian golfer.
Allenby has said that he was abducted outside a wine bar, robbed and beaten, then driven some six miles away. A homeless woman saw him being tossed out of a car, dazed and injured, he said.
But 9News in Australia tracked down the woman, who said she encountered Allenby only a block from the wine bar, where he was offering two men $500 to get his belongings back. She said a passerby put him in a taxi back to his hotel.
Honolulu police have closed-circuit videotape of a suspect purchasing alcohol with a credit card stolen from Allenby, 9News said.
The golfer was attacked on Friday night after missing the cut at the Sony Open. His face was left badly bruised.