18 Months After Retiring From Pro Golf, Robert Rock Rolls Back The Years At US Open

By | June 14, 2024

18 Months After Retiring From Pro Golf, Robert Rock Rolls Back The Years At US Open

The Englishman carded two birdies and two bogeys in an impressive start at the US Open

Robert Rock called time on his long career on the DP World Tour towards the end of 2022 after 465 starts on the European circuit.

He turned up at Walton Heath last month in the US Open final qualifier without any real thoughts of making it through to Pinehurst 2, revealing that he didn’t even know if he could play two rounds in a single day. Two rounds later and he was through to his first US Open in 12 years with a 36-hole score of nine-under-par.

“It’s difficult to describe. I really didn’t have any thoughts of qualifying. I thought it was my last chance of playing this event and a good opportunity to see where my game was having been out of it for a couple of years. I thought while I could still enter, I’d see where I’d fit. I played with James Morrison and had such a good day,” he said after qualifying.

“I wasn’t sure I could play two rounds, I’ve been playing mostly nine holes and then the back nine has hurt because my back isn’t the best at the moment. It did today, I was struggling on the back nine. Thankfully my mate came to push the trolley. I didn’t think I’d make 36, but it’s amazing what making a few putts does.”

It was one of the best stories from qualifying, and after 18 holes of the 2024 US Open he is once again impressing.

The 47-year-old has continued that incredible form into the US Open and shot one of the best rounds on the first day.

Rock won twice on the DP World Tour including in 2012 when he famously took down Tiger Woods in Abu Dhabi. He has since turned to coaching with his Robert Rock Academy and running the Robert Rock Junior Tour now he no longer plays week-in, week-out. His students, including Matt Wallace, will be impressed with their teacher after he shot a score that was bettered by just 15 players in the 156-strong field.

His level par 70 left him T16th after day one, with his impressive ball striking seeing him hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 greens, ranking 16th in both Strokes Gained approach and short game.

He plays in just his third US Open this week in what is his first visit to Pinehurst. The Englishman was T23rd at Congressional in 2011 and missed the cut at the Olympic Club in 2012.

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