It was a huge day Sunday in Turin, Italy for Robert Rock of England. Rock completed a wire-to-wire run at the BMW Italian Open, capturing his first European Tour title after nine years and 209 events on the circuit. Rock also netted a cool €250,000 check with the win, and secured a place in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club this week, his first career berth in a United States Open.
Rock shot a five-under 67 Sunday, finishing 21 under for the tournament, narrowly beating Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and countryman Gary Boyd by one stroke. Olesen shot an obscene 62 on Sunday, while Boyd carded a not-too-shabby 66.
As it turns out, the Englishman is a former teaching professional, and credited his win to putting advice he found in an old coaching manual:
"My putting had been letting me down so when I read the book I decided to use some of the tips in it," said Rock. "It helped me considerably."
Rock will tee off from Hole #1 at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, alongside Kevin Chappell of Scottsdale, Arizona and Korean Dohoon Kim.