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Rock takes big scalps

2012-01-29 14:32:08, Views: 11, Clubcall

Rock takes big scalps

Robert Rock saw off the challenge of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot.

The man from Lichfield collected only the second European Tour win of his career, following success at last year's Italian Open, beating a stellar field to secure the 347,000 euro first prize.

Rock carded a final round 70 to hold onto top spot, but was put under pressure when driving into the water at the 18th. The 34-year-old kept his nerve though to make certain of a two-putt bogey and top spot.

Rock was playing with former world number one Woods and feels that helped him, saying: "Early on I was very nervous but I hit some good shots and then I began to think, 'why not [go on and win it]?'"

US Open champion McIlroy finished second on 12-under-par, rueing a two-shot penalty he suffered on Saturday, with Woods tied for third along with Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn.

Lee Westwood finish back down the field on -6, with world number one Luke Donald ending the four days 12 shots behind the winner, on one-under-par.


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