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Lichfield golfer beats Tiger Woods to Abu Dhabi Championship

Lichfield golfer Robert Rock shot down some of the biggest names in the sport to win the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Robert Rock

Robert Rock

The 34-year-old managed to chase down Tiger Woods who led going into the last round.

But Rock shot a 70 to take the title and fire himself into Ryder Cup contention.

“There was a lot of pressure,” he explained. “I couldn’t afford any lapses in concentration at all.

“It was hard work, but I’m very happy now.

“I think it will take a few days to sink in because it was such a high quality field and I haven’t done particularly well here in the past.

“I’m absolutely delighted.”

And even the defeated Woods was able to acknowledge the efforts of the Lichfield man.

“Robert was solid, consistent — he didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

As well as landing the £291,646 prize pot, Rock’s victory will also secure his European Tour exemption until the end of 2014.

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