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Robert Rock

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 4/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 168

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With preferred lies in place after the wet weather in Madrid, Robert Rock cashed in on the good scoring conditions by birdieing five of his final five holes to shoot a second-round 7-under-par 33-32=65 at the Open de España on Friday, surging 36 spots up the live leaderboard to T5.
At 9-under 135, he's just four behind leader Paul Dunne of Ireland. The Englishman took a while to get going today and walked to the fifth tee 1-over for the day after a bogey at 3 and just 1-under for the tournament. However, he splashed eight red numbers on his card from that point. They came in two bursts. Rock ticked 5, 6, 8 and 9 to turn in 33 and then scribbled circles at 13, 15, 16 and 18 to card the joint-third best lap of the morning wave. Rock has a T12 (Indian Open) and a T7 (Oman Open) in his last three starts while he was T8 at the Andalucia Masters on his last trip to Spain so had some converging trends this week. Apr 13 - 9:12 AM

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Robert Rock couldn't quite solve the puzzle in last year's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC but he's heading back to the Gary Player layout again this week.

The Englishman only managed to shoot 74-77 when the course debuted in 2017 but conditions were so tough over the first two rounds that he missed the cut by a single shot. His 36-hole total was just two more than Anirban Lahiri, who went on to finish T5, so it was hardly a disastrous week. Rock has missed four of five cuts in 2018 but he did post T7 in the Oman Open last month while he ended his 2017 campaign with two top 10s in his final four starts. Capable of hitting plenty of greens, Rock could be a salary-saving option this week.
Mar 7 - 7:57 AM

Robert Rock finally ignited his 2018 campaign with T7 at the Oman Open on Sunday and he'll peg it up with renewed confidence in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The Englishman posted T31 in Hong Kong back in November in his first counting event on this season's Race to Dubai but since the year turned he's swallowed MCs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Malaysia. That was until a top 10 in Oman last week where he shot three 69s and a 71. Best-known for holding off Tiger Woods down the stretch to win the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he's 4-for-7 at Doha although two of his last four appearances have resulted in top 25s. Rock closed with 67 to finish T22 in 2014 and added T20 two years ago. To balance that, he didn't make the weekend in either 2015 or 2017 so if you like patterns he's due a good finish this year. The T7 in Oman adds some sturdier logic to that idea.
Feb 21 - 7:06 AM

2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Robert Rock returns to Abu Dhabi GC, hoping to reignite memories of his career high point.

Prior to, and since, the 2012, Rock has a pretty poor tournament record: In nine starts he has made four cuts, has a best of T26, and averaged more than 30 putts per round. But in 2012 everything came together, so much so that he even went toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods in the final round and emerged triumphant (Woods won 8 of his next 32 starts). In the run-up to that success he pegged three straight top 12 finishes, including in the U.A.E. at the DP World Tour Championship. He was fairly recently T4 in the Dunhill Links and T8 in the Andalucia Masters, but it's not quite the same and he's a little off what was his career best form six years ago.
Jan 16 - 10:20 AM

Robert Rock will be hoping to shake up his record in the UBS Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong Golf Club when he opens the 2018 season there this week.

The Englishman has now notched nine consecutive seasons inside the top 100 in the European Tour's rankings and starts his search for a round ten at a course he has struggled at in the past. Moreover the gaps between his visits suggests he's often reluctant to return. He missed cuts in 2003, 2008 and 2010. Last year he did make the weekend, but could only finish T45. He ended the 2017 season with T52 in the Turkish Airlines Open, but prior to that was T8 in the Andalucia Masters and T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 08:24:00 AM

Robert Rock took his birdie count to 11 through 36 holes of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters after splashing five more in a 1-under-par 35-35=70 that took him to 5-under 137 at the midpoint, good enough for T3 on the live leaderboard with round two finishing up and just one behind clubhouse leader Joost Luiten.

Like most this week, Rock has had to scribble bogeys on his card and there were four more today. But he's more than making up for it with a string of red circles. Starting with a par at 10, the Englishman picked up his first shot of the round at the par-5 11th and added another on the long 17th before giving it back at 18. He parred the 1st before an adventurous ride home which saw him tick 2, 6 and 8 but give those gains back with squares at 4, 5 and 9. He'll be chasing a first European Tour win since 2012 this weekend.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 12:22:00 PM

Robert Rock flew out of the gates with six birdies and seven pars in his opening 13 holes before signing for a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the first round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

That's just swing behind joint-leaders Sergio Garcia and Joost Luiten and puts the Englishman in solo third on the live board. Rock has found some hot form in recent months, highlighted by T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland two weeks ago, and he showed that again this morning with a rash of early red. He made gains at 2, 3, 5 and 9 to turn in 31 before hitting 6-under with birdies at 12 and 13. The final five holes were tricky though. Rock dropped shots at 14 and 15 and had to scramble a brave par at the 18th. Today's 67 was his best round at Valderrama by two shots.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 08:41:00 AM

Robert Rock will look to continue an impressive late-season push when he takes his talents to the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

After no top 10s in his first 16 starts of the campaign, the Englishman has now picked up four in his last 10 and banked the biggest cheque of his season when T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship two weeks ago. He didn't cash in Italy last week but hit over 80% of Greens In Regulation for the second tournament running. Rock is 2-for-3 at Valderrama with T21 in 2010 and T28 in 2011 so he's got some reasonable course form at a venue which traditionally plays as one of the very toughest on tour.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 06:58:00 AM

Robert Rock is an experienced performer in the KLM Open but will this week make his course debut at The Dutch in Spijk, The Netherlands.

With the exception of T12 in May’s Open de Portugal it had been a rough season for the Englishman but T9 in the Scottish Open turned things round and he then added a quarter-final in the Paul Lawrie Match Play and T10 in the Made in Denmark. He could only manage a round one 74 in the European Masters, but followed it with a second round 67. He’s got plenty of Dutch experience to fall back on, although in 11 previous visits (nine cuts made) he has a best of just T19 in 2014. Highlights within that record are a second round 64 in 2008 which gave him the halfway lead, and an opening lap of 63 at Kennemer two years ago which had him T4 after 18 holes. He also closed that year with a 66 so he his most recent memories are fond ones.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 06:38:00 AM

Robert Rock has produced a big upturn in form over the summer with three top 10s in his last four starts; he'll look to continue his fine play at this week's Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

After four missed cuts in five starts from the end of May, he changed the script with T9 in the Scottish Open and in his last two events the Englishman reached the last eight of the Paul Lawrie Match Play and posted T10 at the Made In Denmark. Rock has made 10 starts at Crans-sur-Sierre, cashing six times. He's had four finishes between T20 (2004) and T29 (2016) but strong recent iron play (4th for GIR in Denmark with 81.9%) suggests he has a good chance of beating his previous best this week.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 04:27:00 AM

Robert Rock sashayed bogey-free round Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort for a second lap 3-under-par 35-33=68, good for T6 on 6-under 136 in the Made in Denmark tournament, two swings behind leader Steve Webster.

The Englishman made it 3-for-3 at the Danish course, but for the first time has a genuine tilt at the title (his previous finishes were T45-T53; never once ranked top 30 at the end of any round). He’s riding the wave of having pegged the first top tens of his season in his last three starts – T9 at the Scottish Open and T5 in the Paul Lawrie Match Play. He made a second birdie-4 of the week at the fourth but only added pars to that score until the short 16th. Inspired by the Himmerland Hill behind the green he made birdie-2 there and added another tick at the significantly tougher par-4 18th.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 02:04:00 PM

Robert Rock has two top 10s in his last three European Tour starts and will look to continue his return to form at this week's Made In Denmark at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa.

The 2017 season was proving a struggle for the Englishman but he's bumped his Race to Dubai position up to 91st thanks to T9 at July's Scottish Open and three head-to-head wins at last week's Paul Lawrie Match Play where he reached the final eight. Prior to that Rock had managed nothing better than T12. He missed last year's Made In Denmark but did contest the first two editions of this event. The 40-year-old cashed both times but had to settle for T45 (2014) and T53 (2015). On current form, he must have a decent chance of improving his best finish this time.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 04:48:00 AM

Robert Rock progressed to the quarter-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach with a 2-and-1 defeat of home favorite Florian Fritsch.

With his third win of the week the Englishman has dragged his career matchplay record into the red at 7-6 and will face another German, Marcel Siem, in the afternoon last eight tie. Early Saturday morning Rock was gifted a 2-up lead as Fritsch started his tour of the Beckenbauer Course double bogey-bogey. The Englishman stretched his advantage with a birdie-4 at 8 before the German responded with two stunning blows: eagle-3s at 10 and 12 drawing the deficit to one hole. Rock hit back with winning back-to-back birdies and then threw away the 15th with a bogey, but two pars to follow were enough to confirm the win.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 06:53:00 AM

Robert Rock has good form in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he’ll hope to add to it when he plays at Portstewart GC in Co. Londonderry later this week.

Back in 2009 Rock took home the winner’s cheque for this event, but not the trophy. Why so? He was defeated in the play-off by amateur star Shane Lowry. He’s also finished top five twice in the event at Carton House, although he only managed T65 and MC when the event was in Northern Ireland at Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. Just 124th in the Race to Dubai this term, he needs something good to happen in the heart of the summer and why not on a favored type of course? His best effort this year was T12 in the Open de Portugal, followed by three missed weekends, but he did spent Saturday and Sunday in Paris last week as he managed T30 in the Open de France – is it good news that he ranked fifth for Ball-Striking?
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 08:53:00 AM

Robert Rock slots in at 97th on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's Joburg Open in South Africa; he'll be making his seventh start in the event.

The Englishman last appeared at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club in 2014 when he missed the cut for the second straight year. However, before that Rock was 4-for-4 and posted T25 in 2010 and T9 in 2012 after opening 65-68. The two-time European Tour winner (2011 Italian Open, 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship) missed all three cuts on the Desert Swing but found some form with T26 in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on his last outing. He's also made the top 12 in two of his last three appearances in South Africa.
Mon, Feb 20, 2017 09:07:00 AM