|Full name||Robert Rock|
6 April 1977 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)|
|Spouse||Lynda (m.2007) No longer married. Divorced in 2012 or 2013|
|Children||David (b. 2008)|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T23: 2011|
|The Open Championship||T7: 2010|
|PGA Championship||CUT: 2012|
Robert Rock (born 6 April 1977) is an English professional golfer. He was born in Armitage, near Lichfield in Staffordshire, and grew up and was educated in nearby Rugeley. He joined the European Tour as an affiliate member in 2003 and has remained a member ever since.
His breakthrough season was 2009, when he managed three second-place finishes, including at the Irish Open, where he tied for first place but lost to Irish amateur Shane Lowry in a three-hole playoff. He finished the 2009 season ranked in the top thirty of the Race to Dubai.
Rock won his maiden European Tour title at the BMW Italian Open in Turin in June 2011. He won by one stroke over Gary Boyd and Thorbjørn Olesen despite a final round 62 from Olesen. He made his U.S. Open debut the following week, having qualified via a European sectional qualifying event. Because of difficulties in obtaining a visa, he only arrived in the United States at 3:30am on the Thursday morning, less than 12 hours before the start of his round. Despite this, he managed an under-par opening round of 70 and finished tied for 23rd place at 3 under par.
Rock won his second European Tour title at the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, finishing one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy. He entered the final round at 11 under par, tied for the lead with Tiger Woods, but outshone the American on Sunday to shoot a 2 under round of 70 to claim victory.
He has written a column for the worldgolf.com website.
He was well known as one of the few professional golfers that did not wear a hat while he played, despite the sponsorship income it can bring. However, ValueLicensing became the first company to sponsor his cap in 2016, although it was a flat cap not a traditional golfers hat that he wears.
Professional wins (2)
European Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||12 Jun 2011||BMW Italian Open||−21 (64-68-68-67=267)||1 stroke||Gary Boyd, Thorbjørn Olesen|
|2||29 Jan 2012||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship||−13 (69-70-66-70=275)||1 stroke||Rory McIlroy|
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2009||The 3 Irish Open||Shane Lowry||Lost to par on third extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T67||T16||CUT||T7||T38||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||7||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2010 Open Championship – 2011 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
- Driver: Taylor Made R11
- 3 wood: Callaway Tour-X 13 deg Aldila NV-70-X Tour Velvet Ribbed.
- Irons: Callaway X-Forged 2-PW Dynamic-Gold-X100 Tour Velvet Ribbed.
- Wedges: Callaway X-Tour Forged 52 deg, 58 deg Cleveland CG14 black pearl wedge.
- Putter: Odyssey White Hot.
- Bag: Club SBM.
- Ball: Titleist Pro - V1 x.
- Glove: Footjoy.
- European Tour: Robert Rock Results 2009
- European Tour: The 3 Irish Open 2009
- "Rock wins maiden title at BMW Italian Open". Sky Sports. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
- US Open - Rock Has Memorable Journey To Congressional Archived 2011-06-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - Leaderboard
- World Golf: Robert Rock
- New York Times - Golfer Robert Rock Has a Head for the Game, but No Hat