2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship winner Robert Rock

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Robert Rock 2012

Winning Player Information

Total Score
275 (-13)
Round Score
Winning Year

Robert Rock held off 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods and US Open Champion Rory McIlroy to claim a sensational victory at the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.


With the theme tune to the "Rocky" films being sung by fans - many of them having witnessed England's cricket collapse the day before - the 34-year-old came up with a true knock-out performance. Only 117th in the Official World Golf Ranking at the start of the week, Rock said after his one-stroke triumph over McIlroy: "I really can't believe I have done that today."

"I was just very happy to be playing with Tiger. That's a special honor in itself." While he shot a two-under-par 70 to finish 13 under, Woods scrambled his way to a 72 and instead of recording a second successive victory on the comeback trail had to settle for a share of third place with Graeme McDowell and Thomas Björn.

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