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Robert Rock

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 168

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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? Jul 4 - 8:53 AM

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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.
Feb 20 - 9:07 AM

Robert Rock will return to the scene of his finest hour when he tees it up at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Englishman beat Rory McIlroy by a shot and Tiger Woods by two to win the 2013 edition with 13-under 275. It was his second European Tour success after the 2011 Italian Open and saw him hit a peak of 55th in the world rankings but Rock hasn’t been able to add any further wins and now slots in at 231 on the OWGR. Rock has only made four of eight cuts in Abu Dhabi either side of that momentous win although he’s shown flashes in the last two years when T37 in 2015 and T26 in 2016 after sitting fourth at halfway. He finished 70th on last season’s Race to Dubai, the eighth straight season he’s cracked the top 20. The 39-year-old opened his 2017 campaign with T45 at the Hong Kong Open last month.
Jan 18 - 7:09 AM

Robert Rock finished 70th on last season's Race to Dubai and will begin his 2017 bid with a start at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Despite not adding to his European Tour wins in 2011 and 2012, that represented the Englishman's best placing for four years. It featured three top 10s and a further five top 20s although failing to make it through to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship (only top 60 qualify) was a disappointment. Rock will hope a six-year absence from the Hong Kong Open will equate to a fresh start as his three previous appearances at the course all resulted in missed cuts. They came in 2003, 2008 and 2010.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:50:00 AM

Robert Rock needs to hit the accelerator in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club if he is to progress in the European Tour's Final Series.

The 39-year-old Englishman enters this tournament on the bubble at 64th in the Race to Dubai meaning he needs a strong performance if he wants to divert his return home via the DP World Tour Championship season finale. The week will mark his debut in the tournament (and on the course), but as a European Tour regular he has plenty of experience in the country. He missed his first four cuts in South Africa but has done so again only five times in a further 31 starts. After that poor start he finished T31 or better 11 times on the trot, but then struggled a little. In the last two seasons his only visits have seen a return to old ways: T8 in last year's Tshwane Open and T12 earlier this year in the South African Open. He was T5 in the Portugal Masters and T13 at halfway last week in Turkey before closing the week 71-74 to finish T52.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 06:00:00 AM

Robert Rock scorched home in a round of 7-under-par 33-31=64 to finish the Portugal Masters T5 on 20-under 264.

The Englishman blitzed the closing stretch of Victoria Clube de Golfe to notch a second top five of the season, after his T3 in the Trophee Hassan II back in early May. He opened his final lap with a bogey-5 at the first, but responded with all out attack, making three birdies in four holes at 2, 3 and 5. He followed that with nine pars and a birdie at No. 12 before launching a superb finish which vaulted him up the leaderboard and into 64th in the Race to Dubai. A birdie-2 at 16 was followed by eagle-3 at 17 and birdie-3 at the last: in other words he played the final three holes in four-under-par. He was never in contention but ended the week just three shots behind the winner Padraig Harrington.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 02:01:00 PM

Robert Rock makes his way to the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre course in Switzerland for a 10th time to contest this week's Omega European Masters.

The Englishman heads to the mountains on the back of T7 in the D+D REAL Czech Masters, just his second top 10 of the season. Rock was third going into the final day after a Saturday 65 on the Prague layout but stumbled to a 73 on Sunday. He topped the greens in regulation stats (83.3%) in that event and that's been a key to success at Crans-sur-Sierre so managers should take note. That said, his record on this week's par 70 is modest. He's just 5-for-9 and has just two top 20s (T20 in 2004 and T23 in 2008).
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Robert Rock blitzed Albatross Golf Resort with a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters to log a 54-hole total of 9-under 207, placing him T3 going into the final day.

The Englishman set out his stall early in his penultimate tour of the Prague layout, thrashing three birdies in the opening four holes at 1, 2 and 4. Five pars followed before he set to work on the back nine, opening with birdies at 10 and 12, the par-fives, and then adding two final red numbers at 15 and 18 to confirm a move of 22 places up the leaderboard to T3 when he signed his card. He landed 16 greens in the round, was 2-for-2 in Scrambling and swept 30 putts. On Sunday he will chase a second top ten for the season, to add to his T3 at the Trophee Hassan II. He looks nailed on to finally post a top 50 finish in the Czech Republic at the fourth time of asking and lies three back of the leader Thomas Pieters.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Robert Rock will be hoping to avoid last year's early departure when he plays Gary Stal in round one at the Paul Lawrie Match Play at new venue Archerfield Links Golf Club.

When he was beaten 3&1 by Mikael Lundberg in 2015's first round it maintained something of a trend in his brief match play career: all of his five defeats have been heavy. Indeed, the "best" loss was that Lundberg result. He can claim three wins, but they have been narrow, hinting that there is no great affinity with the format. Nor does his record in Scotland inspire much confidence: just three top 30 finishes in 35 starts – and the last of those was at the Johnnie Walker Championship back in 2010. Third in the Trophee Hassan II in early May, his only top ten of the season, his six subsequent starts include not even one top 45 finish.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 10:46:00 AM

With his lowest score in 35 rounds at the BMW PGA Championship, Robert Rock opened his title bid with a 5-under-par 31-36=67 on Thursday.

Rock, who took third place at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco two starts ago, posted seven birdies, a double bogey and 10 pars on Thursday. He set the tone by picking up a shot at the first and followed that with gains at 4, 5, 7, 10 and 12. He gave two strokes back at the par-4 13th after racking up a 6 but four pars and a walk-off birdie completed an excellent first day. The Englishman hit 15 greens in regulation after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways. Right now, he's T3 on the live leaderboard and just two shots behind leading duo YE Yang and Scott Hend.
Thu, May 26, 2016 09:58:00 AM

Robert Rock is a two-time runner-up at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and hopes to mount another title bid at the K Club this week.

The Englishman took second place at County Louth in 2009 and was again the bridesmaid at Carton House in 2013. However, it has been feast or famine for Rock as, apart from those two near misses, he's failed to cash in five of the last eight editions. The signs look good for another strong performance as he's coming in off the back of a third place at the Trophee Hassan II on his last appearance. Rock was just a shot out of the play-off and it came just two starts on from a top 15 at the Maybank Championship Malaysia.
Wed, May 18, 2016 06:01:00 AM

Robert Rock fired a composed 2-under-par 34-36=70 at the Trophée Hassan II to finish T3 on 4-under 284, just one shot short of the play-off.

The Englishman utilized all of his experience on a wet and windy day, up against a leaderboard packed with rookies and journeymen, to negotiate his way into the top five for the first time since T3 at the Lyoness Open last June (between times he has gone 16-for-18 without ever threatening to content). This week he was clutch on the greens, needing just 106 putts, and going 20-for-25 in scrambling. However he was less impressive from the tee, finding just 25 of 56 fairways. Nonetheless, after 14 holes he was bang in contention having notched 11 pars and 3 birdies (on 3, 12 and 13). Bogeys on 15 and 16 were to prove costly as, needing eagle on the last to join the play-off, he could only manage a birdie.
Sun, May 8, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Robert Rock returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when pegging it up at this year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Four years ago the Englishman played the final round, in the last group out, alongside Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy hot on their heels. Did Rock fold in the presence of greatness? Not a bit of it: he was Rock solid in gaining his second European Tour title. Just as remarkably, he achieved the win on an Abu Dhabi GC layout where last year’s T37 is his next best effort in 7 tries. Comfortably retained his card for the last eight seasons, but hasn’t cracked the Race to Dubai top 80 since 2012 and is a rarer sight at the top of the leaderboard these days. Has, however, reeled off three consecutive top ten finishes at the similar Emirates GC in Dubai since 2013.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 10:13:00 AM

Robert Rock missed the cut in his only previous start at the BMW South African Open at Glendower but will look to make a bigger impression this year.

That came two seasons ago after rounds of 72-73 although he did post T8 in the Tshwane Open on his last visit to South Africa in March. Rock finished in the top 100 on the Race to Dubai for the seventh straight season in 2015 but his 84th spot was some way down on his peak years of 2011 and 2012 when he landed at 34th and 33rd respectively. The Englishman's most recent top 10 came via a T9 at October's Portugal Masters.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 03:39:00 PM

After a T9 in the Portugal Masters last time out, Robert Rock heads to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal for this week's Turkish Airlines Open.

Rock's season looked to be petering out but that top 10, achieved via a closing 66, boosted his Race To Dubai ranking to 79th and that's just enough to get him into this week. This will be the Englishman's first start in Turkey but he needs to hit the ground running to keep his interest in the four-tournament Final Series going. Only the top 60 in the RTD get to contest the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai which starts on November 19.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 06:27:00 AM