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March 6 2012

6:47 PM

Rock not surprised by Tiger’s play

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- Since beating Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, Robert Rock admitted he gets noticed a bit more these days. He also gets into more tournaments -- like this week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Rock, who is 57th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is in the field this week by virtue of that victory. He’s also still surprised how he handled himself that Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 playing alongside Woods.

“I was nervous the first couple of holes,” Rock said Tuesday. “Once I realized I could play my own game, though, I just carried on with my day.”

One thing Rock isn’t surprised with is how Woods played at last week’s Honda Classic, where Woods shot a final-round 62 to finish second.

“You could see [his game coming around] the first three days in Abu Dhabi; he just quite didn’t play the same on Sunday is all,” said Rock, who watched the final round on television. “It was only a matter of time before he did something like that.

“I was just lucky [Tiger] didn’t have a round like that Sunday [against me].”

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