Robert Rock

HOW IT HAPPENED...

Robert Rock held off 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods and US Open Champion Rory McIlroy to claim a sensational victory at the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

With the theme tune to the ‘Rocky’ films being sung by fans - many of them having witnessed England's cricket collapse the day before - the 34-year-old came up with a true knock-out performance.

Only 117th in the Official World Golf Ranking at the start of the week, Rock said after his one stroke triumph over McIlroy: "I really can't believe I have done that today. 

"I was just very happy to be playing with Tiger. That's a special honour in itself."

While he shot a two under par 70 to finish 13 under, Woods scrambled his way to a 72 and instead of recording a second successive victory on the comeback trail had to settle for a share of third place with Graeme McDowell and Thomas Björn.