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Robert Rock |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 4/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 168
College: England

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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. Oct 28 - 6:27 AM

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Robert Rock won the 2011 Open d'Italia and he'll attempt to win the tournament again in Milan this week.

The Englishman's victory at Royal Park four years ago was his first on the European Tour and he's added just one more since. This time he'll face a new venue as the event moves to Golf Club Milano. Rock is 9-for-11 in this tournament since he made his debut in 2004 and also finished runner-up -- again at Royal Park -- in 2009. Ahead of this year's event he's 72nd in the Race To Dubai and comes in off a T23 in last week's KLM Open.
Sep 14 - 2:52 PM

Robert Rock authored a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-32=63 in his opening round at the KLM Open on Thursday morning and is T2 in the clubhouse.

Not surprisingly, this is the Englishman's lowest round at Kennemer, beating the third-round 65 he posted last year when finishing T19. Rock, who is two shots behind clubhouse leader Paul Lawrie, hung up birdies at five of his first seven holes and added further par breakers at 12 and 18. He missed just two greens in regulation on day one and was 2-for-2 in scrambling.
Sep 10 - 8:46 AM

Robert Rock was T45 at the inaugural Made In Denmark 12 months ago and will try his luck again there this year.

The Englishman, who shot 73-71-75-70 in 2014, has three top 10s this season with a best of T3 at June's Lyoness Open in Austria. This is his first strokeplay start in over a month although he returned from a break of similar length in March to post T8 at the Tshwane Open in South Africa. Rock is 21st in greens in regulation this year so is striking it well but needs to sharpen up his short game (181st in sand saves and 165th in putts per round).
Aug 18 - 9:05 AM

After two weeks off, Robert Rock heads to the Volvo China Open to make his eighth start of the season.

The Englishman has banked two top 10s so far in 2015 and is 62nd in the Race to Dubai so is on track to post his eighth successive top 100 finish on Europe's money list. Rock, who was T34 at the Trophee Hassan II on his last outing, offers limited appeal to gamers if going off his form in China. He's just 5-for-10 at events in the land of the rising sun and has never managed a top 30.
Apr 22 - 5:04 AM

After three weeks off, Robert Rock heads to South Africa to contest the Tshwane Open.

The Englishman played the first two editions of this event and cashed both times, finishing T48 in 2013 and T14 in 2014. This year he'll have a new course to learn as the tournament moves to the par 70 Pretoria CC. Rock missed the cut in the True Thailand Classic on his latest start but before that was T16 in the Maybank Malaysian Open and T9 in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The two-time European Tour winner is currently 61st on the Race to Dubai.
Mar 10 - 4:07 PM

Despite a late wobble, Robert Rock again showed his liking for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by posting a 2-under-par 34-36=70 to finish tied ninth.

This is Rock's third successive top 10 at the Emirates following a fifth last year and a seventh in 2013. He almost ruined that pleasing streak with bogeys at 16 and 17 but the Englishman had done enough earlier in the round to have some leeway and eventually shared ninth spot with three others on 14-under 274. A bogey at six was his only other blemish while the birdies came at one, three, 10, 13 and 14. Rock is also a former winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and gamers should always consider him in these early-season Gulf Swing events.
Feb 1 - 9:52 AM

Robert Rock returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when he contests this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The Englishman stared down playing partner Tiger Woods in the final round to capture this event in 2012 despite having won just one of his previous 228 European Tour events. It's proved a tough act to follow and two subsequent starts in Abu Dhabi have resulted in a WD and a missed cut. Rock hasn't won since his 2012 triumph but showed his liking for this region when fifth in last year's Dubai Desert Classic.
Jan 13 - 5:27 AM

Robert Rock captured the attention of the golf world with a highly publicized win over Tiger Woods down the stretch at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and now chases an HSBC sweep at the World Golf Championships–HSBC Champions.

Before his win over Woods, the Englishman was known as much for his free-flowing hair without the disturbance of a sponsor-inscribed hat or visor as he was a world-class golfer. Since that win, his lone top 10 is a tie for ninth at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. He missed the cut in both the British Open and the PGA Championship, with a T71 at the WGC-Bridgestone sandwiched in between.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 09:46:00 PM

Robert Rock stared down Tiger Woods and snuck out of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship victorius in January, and he will now try and do the same at the British Open.

Rock has cashed in four of his previous five British Opens, with a seventh in 2010 at St. Andrews the highlight. He missed the cut badly in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club and followed that up with a 65th at the Irish Open and a missed cut at the French Open. His 112th driving accuracy clip does not match up well with Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 10:26:00 PM

Robert Rock will be teeing it up on American soil at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Since Rock knocked off Tiger Woods in the final pairing at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for his second victory in under a year, he placed T51 in Dubai and advanced to the second round of the WGC-Match Play. Rock rarely plays in the United States and he's making his debut at Doral this week.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 07:34:00 PM

Robert Rock emerged with a 1-up victory over Adam Scott in the Jones Bracket in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Rock was making his debut in this event while Scott was appearing for the 11th consecutive time. The Englishman squared the match with a birdie at the par-4 15th, and then backed it up with another at the par-3 16th to take the lead. They both bogeyed the 17th and parred the 18th, giving the victory to Rock. He'll face Mark Wilson in Thursday's second round.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 04:21:00 PM

With a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in his final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Robert Rock recorded a one-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy.

Paired with Tiger Woods with whom he shared the 54-hole lead, Rock was resilient. He birdied three of his first six holes while Woods traded two birdies with two bogeys. Rock then played holes 7-13 in birdie-free 2-over before righting the ship with birdies at 14 and 16. At the last, after taking a drop from an errant drive, he salvaged bogey with a tremendous lag putt that came to rest four inches from the cup. He finished at 13-under 275. Woods shot a 72 to share third place with Thomas Bjorn, who closed with a bogey-free 68, and Graeme McDowell, whose 68 included a hole-in-one at the par-3 12th hole. This is Rock's second career victory on the European Tour. It exempts him into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Sun, Jan 29, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Robert Rock recorded a one-stroke victory over fellow Englishman, Gary Boyd, and the hard-charging Thorbjorn Olesen at the BMW Italian Open at Royal Park I Roveri in Turin.

Three times a runner-up on the European Tour -- including at this event in 2009 -- Rock had been one of the circuit's best without a victory until today, and it took some mettle since Olesen signed for a 62 on the strength of an eagle and nine birdies. The 21-year-old rookie established the clubhouse lead before Rock teed off, but the Brit posted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 for a 21-under 267 aggregate. He went wire-to-wire for his breakthrough.
Sun, Jun 12, 2011 12:28:00 PM