Who is Robert Rock?
By mustang6560 on 6/20/11
Who is Robert Rock?

Chances are, if I would have asked you before the start of the U.S. Open, you would have been more likely to guess an adult entertainer than a professional golfer. However, I'm sure you've heard about him by now. But in case you still haven't, let me fill you in on the details.

Three weeks ago, Robert was an average player on the European Tour at best. But, the Sunday before the start of the U.S. Open, he made a name for himself by winning the BMW Italian Open and his victory earned him an invitation into his first U.S. Open.

The only problem was he needed a visa to come to the States. Long story short, he ended up paying $24,000 to expedite the visa process. He left Wednesday afternoon (yea, the U.S. Open started the next day) from London headed to Newark, New Jersey. From Newark, he had to pay an additional $1,000 to take a taxi to Washington, D.C. in order to make it in time for the tournament. He didn't get in until nearly 4 AM Thursday morning!

Despite the hectic schedule and the fact that he never played Congressional before, Robert managed to post a one-under par 70 and eventually he made the cut, which guaranteed him a payday. His only bad day came on Saturday when he posted a five-over par 76. I'm sure by then, the adrenaline that he relied on for his weekday rounds wore off and the jet-lag caught up to him a little.

In the end, I think the trip was worth it for the no-hat, no-sunglasses wearing Englishman. He finished T23 after posting a total 285 and won a cool $76,455. If you combine his winnings from his victory in Italy and what he received at the U.S. Open, he managed to come out ahead even with having to pay $25,000 to get to Congressional.

The loser in all of this was Richie Ramsey. After leaving his qualifier in Britain early, which made him miss out on a playoff and his chance at an exemption into the U.S. Open, Richie decided to not take another chance and he made the trip to Congressional just in case Robert was not able to make it. Had Robert not been able to secure the paperwork, Richie would have taken his spot in the U.S. Open. Maybe next year Richie!


[ comments ]
bducharm says:
No, the most interesting man in golf is Miguel Angel-Jimenez!!! Stay thirsty my friends!!!
mjaber says:
Pity he shares a name with the man who made Metallica the Lars-James show instead of a band that put out great music and cared more about their fans than money.
Kurt the Knife says:
I swear Angel-Jimenez looks like my hepatitis patients.
Kurt the Knife says:
legitimatebeef says:
I find it hilarious how much buzz a pro golfer can generate by simply not wearing a hat or visor.
legitimatebeef says:
At this point I find Mustang's spelling gaffes and assorted malapropisms funny. Don't change a thing.
bkuehn1952 says:
My first thought was, since when does a citizen of Great Britain need a visa? A little investigation revealed this from the BBC:

"But he then had to undergo an unduly lengthy visa process as a result of a drink-driving incident from his teenage days during a nine-month college stint in America."

Also, since he technically was going to "work" in the USA, he may need a work visa. The typical tourist from Great Britain does not need a visa to enter the USA. We are cousins, after all.
falcon50driver says:
I hope they don't have a hurricane heading to Mississippi this year, they may have to evaporate to higher ground.
mustang6560 says:
@merlin- totally agree. evaporating is the pits...
Torleif Sorenson says:
@LegitimateBeef: Right on. I heard a rumor that Mustang Sally was going to get a dog named Fido, but spell the name P-H-Y-D-E-A-U-X.
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