‘Fulti on “borrowed time”?on December 3, 2010
Fulton Allem is one of the great characters of golf; often controversial and never at a loss for words. Allem, the son of a wealthy maize farmer from Viljoenskroon in the Free State, created something of stir when he was first invited to play in what was then the Million Dollar Challenge in 1987. Many critics believed that he never deserved his place in the elite field, and because he was managed by Sam Feldman, who was also at the time the tournament director of the event, there were suggestions of favouritism. Allem was again invited to play the following year, and won – which certainly justified his place in the field.
Now 22 years later, Allem is back and still a character. Unfortunately for the powerful striker, he has suffered recurring health problems – multiple heart attacks and problems with his back which he has been advised will require further surgery. “On top of all that, they then discovered a blood clot in my leg,” he said. “It seems I’m on borrowed time,” he added.