If You Have No Favorite This Weekend...
By Kickntrue on 3/5/10
If you're watching the Honda Classic this weekend and don't have a real rooting interest, let me suggest Alexandre Roche.
Rocha is a 32-year-old veteran of the PGA European Tour and the European Challenge Tour who fought his way through two qualifying tournaments in the past week just to get a spot in the Honda, beating 163 players.

Then, riding a strange wave of calm across the brutally tough 7,158-yard, par-70 Champion Course, Rocha birdied his first three holes, offset a bogey at the sixth with a great par save at the seventh and a birdie at the eighth, and managed two more birdies coming in for a startling round of 66.


He played in just three PGA Tour events before this one. He struggled off and on in Europe, gaining experience but barely maintaining his exempt status. On Thursday he recalled what it was like missing cut in his last PGA Tour appearance, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.
Yah- that tournament was in 2003. Rocha almost quit golf last year, but decided to give the game one last shot when he heard golf was going to be on the Olympics slate for 2016 in his home country of Brazil.

It's not the most inspirational story I've every heard... but it's better than, "Millionaire plays a game better than others to win a tournament and another million dollars."

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
I read he had lost his EuroPGA Tour card as well. I think the only tour card he has right now is on the Asian Tour.
bducharm says:
I am rooting for Bubba Watson - GREAT guy, BIG Twitter guy (@bubbawatson), and just saw his new Ping commercial where he drives up in a ball picker while a guy is hitting balls - funny!!!
Shankapotamus says:
He played in optimal conditions yesterday compared to many of the other guys. I predict he will fade today and disappear over the weekend. Hopefully I am wrong because it is a good story.
KVSmith59 says:
T44th after 2
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