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Robert Rock

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

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The Italian Open has a special place in Robert Rock's heart and he made more history in his opening round today, thrashing an 8-under-par 31-32=63 to share the clubhouse lead with fellow Englishman Laurie Canter. UPDATE: Rock and Canter were later joined by Richard Sterne as R1 ended with a three-way tie for the lead.
Rock's first European Tour win came in the 2011 edition at Royal Park, a venue where he also finished runner-up in 2009. Rock was also T20 at Golf Club Milano in 2016, the same position he occupied in last week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, so he had a nice mix of tournament and current form. Cashing in on the soft conditions at Gardagolf CC in Brescia today, Rock overcame a bogey at No. 2 with a red-hot run from Nos. 4-12 where he posted eight 3s and a 2. That equated to birdies at 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11 along with eagle at 7. Rock added further circles at 15 and 17 to record his lowest first round since the 2015 KLM Open. He opened with 64 when winning this title seven years ago. May 31 - 7:18 AM

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Seven years after he lifted the trophy Robert Rock will again look for success in the Italian Open at Gardagolf CC in Brescia.

Some solid results in the last few months for the Englishman who is currently 71st on the Race to Dubai. T7 is his best finish, but in more recent weeks he has threatened to do better without quite converting it. He was T12 in the Indian Open, T5 at halfway in the Open de Espana, and in the same position again last weekend at the BMW PGA Championship. He ended those weeks T28 in Madrid and T20 in Virginia Water. A 15th Italian Open for him and although he's only twice bettered T20 he's done that in style: T2 in 2009 and winner in 2011.
May 29 - 10:23 AM

Local man Robert Rock overcame a front-nine wobble to shoot 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, currently good enough for T2 in the clubhouse and five behind clear leader Rory McIlroy.

Rock has never managed a top 15 finish in his home event despite pegging it up 12 times at Wentworth. His only top 20 came in 2009 but he's on target to beat those numbers after posting 7-under 137 at the midpoint. Following on from his opening 68, the Englishman started nicely with birdies at 2 and 4 but gave those early gains back with successive bogeys at 6 and 7. He steadied the ship with two pars before getting under par for the day again when ticking 11. From there, it was simple; Rock birdied the par 5s at 12, 17 and 18 and was solid on the other holes. He arrived at the event in decent nick after cashing in four of his last five starts, a run which included T7 in Oman and T12 in India.
May 25 - 8:14 AM

Robert Rock returns to the scene of an early foray at the top level: The BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England.

Back in the early years of this century, when Rock was a minor tour performer, he got a rare start in this event and found himself T3 at halfway in 2003, stayed on for T8 after 54 holes and finished T23. It was enough for TV commentator Peter Alliss to take a liking to him and Alliss was perceptive: Rock has become a mainstay of the Tour. That said he's never made the top ten at Wentworth in 12 attempts. His best is T16 in 2009. His form is solid: T7 in Oman his seasonal best and was T5 at halfway in the Open de Espana. T36 in the Trophee Hassan II last time out.
May 22 - 6:49 AM

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

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