You’ve heard that Robert Rock (who was ranked 117th in the world) beat out everybody at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Westwood, McIlroy, Schwartzel, and Tiger Woods… But how did he do it? He was up against giants and won! Rock himself said that he was “…struggling a bit just because I was playing with Tiger…” So what was his secret? The answer is that Robert Rock beats the world’s best golfers with mental golf. What do I mean by that? Rock himself mentioned that although he was a little shaken up about the opportunity to play with Woods, he “managed to cope with it.”
In other woods, Rock has sharpened his mental game to the extent that even under pressure, he can focus on the game at hand and play his best. Paul Mahoney, writer for Golf.com, has more on Rock’s victory:
Unheralded Englishman Robert Rock seemed to be headed for a time warp Sunday against Tiger Woods, who showed signs of returning to top form in the first three rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Instead, it was a Rocky horror show for Tiger.
Rock went head-to-head with his hero in the final round and held his nerves and swing together to post 70 for a 13-under total, one shot clear of Rory McIlroy and two ahead of Woods, Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell.
Rock, a 34-year-old former driving range pro who began the week as the world’s 117th best golfer, offered further proof that Woods’s aura is not what it used to be. Rock had only one victory (2011 Italian Open) in his previous 905 events, and this modest everyman with a solid swing won $450,000 for his efforts.
As for the red-shirted former Superman, his comeback suffered a setback in the desert. After hitting 46 of 54 greens in regulation and 26 of 42 fairways in the first three rounds, Woods hit just six greens and two of 14 fairways in the final round. He finished with an even-par 72.
“Today I was just a touch off,” Woods said. “I was hitting the ball a little further than I thought I would. So, something to look at, to try and figure out.”
Woods was happy with his putting, though, and he seemed to be getting his touch back on the greens, which often takes a while after a break.
“I was right in there with a chance to win and didn’t do it, but I’m pleased with my progress,” Woods said. “Just need to keep building, keep getting more consistent.”
Rock sounded slightly overwhelmed after his round.
“I was just very happy to be playing Tiger Woods today, and that’s a special honor in itself,” Rock said. “It’s been a steady progression from when I finished work in the golf shops, and I worked hard at my game, but I didn’t think this would happen.”
He needn’t have worried about holding his own. Rock was as solid as his surname from the start, blasting his tee shot on the first and then posting birdies at the second and third.
So when I say that Robert Rock beats the world’s best golfers with mental golf you know what I mean. He was at the top of the leaderboard and shooting like a heat-seeking missile. But how can he just push aside all those nerves and play great golf? He broke free of his distractions and come out on top. He was focused.
OK… But HOW does someone focus like that? How can you take the clubs and yet leave the baggage? The answer is: mental golf. When you master your mind, you master the game. And it’s not as hard as you think. You see, you can work on your mental game by employing a real down-to-earth approach to teach you how to play your best, consistently. Start working on your own mental game! Check out this video for more info on how you can get started today: http://www.golfersmind.com/mental-golf/