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Robert Rock

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 168

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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. May 26 - 9:58 AM

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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.
May 18 - 6:01 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.
May 8 - 1:45 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.
Jan 19 - 10:13 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.
Jan 4 - 3:39 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

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.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 02:52:00 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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 08:46:00 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).
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 09:05:00 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.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 05:04:00 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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 04:07:00 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.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 09:52:00 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.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 05:27:00 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