CAREER VICTORIES: (8): 2000 San Fernando Open [Brazil]. 2001 Rabobank Masters de Chile [TLA]. 2002 Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Pro-Am [Brazil]. 2003 Brasilia DF Open [Brazil], Club de Campo Open [Brazil], Curitiba Open [Brazil], Casino de Charlevoix Cup [with Bryn Parry] [CAN]. 2008 Marbella Open [Chile].
Besides playing on the PGA TOUR (2011-12) and the Web.com Tour (2013-14), he has also played on the Asian Tour (2010), European Tour (2006-07, 2009), PGA TOUR Canada (2002-05) and the Tour de las Americas (2000-02).
2014: Played in 20 Web.com Tour events, recording four top-25s. Made 10 cuts. Finished the season 98th on the money list… Opened the season on a good note, posting a T21 at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, only to miss the next four cuts… Best finishes were T17 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August, a T18 at the Cleveland Open in early June and a T19 at the United Leasing Championship in late June… Posted four rounds in the 60’s to finish T3 at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Abierto Mexicano de Golf on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in October.
2013: Made the cut in 15 of 22 Web.com Tour starts and had six top-25 finishes and three top-10s. Finished T4 at the Colombia Championship, his career-best Web.com Tour finish. Closed with a 4-under 32 over the final nine at Bogota CC to move up the leaderboard. His 11-under 273 tied the old tournament record, which was bettered by seven strokes by winner Patrick Cantlay…Birdied four of his final five holes on Sunday for a 5-under 67 which moved him into a T5 at the South Georgia Classic…Followed that performance a week later with a solo fourth at the rain-shortened Stadion Classic at UGA, which moved him up four spots on the money list, to No. 15... Made the cut in three of the four Finals' events, with a T18 at the Hotel Fitness Championship his best week… Also made two of three cuts on the PGA TOUR, with a T64 finish at the Puerto Rico Open as his best… Finished third at the 60th Aberto do Brasil presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo in his only start of the season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. In mid-October, opened that event with a 3-under 66 at Gavea GC in Rio de Janeiro and then finished with weekend rounds of 65-65, two shots out of the Ryan Blaum-Alan Wagner playoff.
2012: Missed the PGA TOUR Playoffs after finishing No. 170 in the FedExCup standings...Posted career-best showing on the PGA TOUR with a solo second at the Reno-Tahoe Open, the first TOUR event to employ the Modified Stableford format since 2006. He finished one point behind winner J.J. Henry's 43 points. Earned four points over the final two holes with a birdie-birdie finish to force Henry to make par on the 72nd hole. Previous best finish on TOUR was a T20 at the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Classic. Held the 36-hole lead for the first time in his career, with 24 points, two shots clear of John Mallinger and Henry. Runner-up check worth $324,000 eclpsed his previous career earnings of $300,126 (coming in 41 starts)...Was one of four players with all four rounds in the 60s at the Frys.com Open, finishing T4 for his second top-10 of the season.
2011: PGA TOUR rookie made 22 starts, with his lone top-25 coming in his last start of the year, at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Four sub-par rounds led to a T20...Claimed a pair of top 25s in four Web.com Tour starts...In December, finished T24 at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to earn a return to the PGA TOUR for his sophomore season in 2012.
2010: Had played in four career PGA TOUR events, most recently finishing T59 at The Honda Classic (his only made cut). Gained entry into the field by going through two qualifiers. Opened with a 66 to sit just one shot behind Nathan Green and fellow Mississippi State alum Michael Connell.
2009: Played in 19 European Tour events, making nine cuts. His best performance was a T28 at the Open de Andalucia in March. Also played on the European Challenge Tour, with his best finish a T13 at the SK Golf Challenge.
2008: Played primarily on the European Challenge Tour, picking up seven top-10s and a career-best T2 at the Trophee du Golf Club de Geneve in Switzerland. Also traveled to South America and won the Marbella Chile Open.
2007: Played 27 European Tour events after earning his Tour card with a victory at the final qualifying tournament. Turned in a pair of seventh-place showings as his best performances. Was T7 in May at the Telecom Italia Open. Three months earlier, added a solo seventh at the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open.
2006: Had two top-10s on the European Tour, and they both came in consecutive starts, at The Imperial Collection Russian Open (sixth) and the BMW International Open (T8).
2003: Prior to 2010, his last made start on the PGA TOUR came in a missed cut at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. To which he now says, “I was petrified. I was just horrified. I wanted to get off the course as soon as I could because I felt so uncomfortable."...Won three times in his native Brazil and picked up a Canadian Tour title with partner Bryn Parry.
2001: Won the Rabobank Masters de Chile on the Tour de las Americas. Posted rounds of 65, 69, 67 and 64 to finish the event at 265 (-15) and win by two strokes at the Brisas de Chicureo Golf Club in January.
AMATEUR CAREER: 2000 first-team All-American at Mississippi State. 1999 honorable mention All-American. Could not speak English when he arrived on campus in Starkville. Notable amateur wins came at the 1992 and 1995 South American Championship, 1993 and 1995 Brazil National Junior Championship and the 1994 and 1997 Brazil National Championship.
PERSONAL: Full name is Alexandre Nardy Rocha… Wife, Jennifer; Son, Rafael Ballard (7/19/10)… Graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in marketing in 2000… Personal interests include wine, cooking, interior design and sports… Affiliated to Sao Fernando Golf Club in Cotia, Sao Paulo, Brazil… Credits Brazil being awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics as turning his career around. After the announcement, he changed his instructor, manager and equipment…Current golf instructor is Jason Birmbaum. Biggest thrill in golf is hitting a 3-iron to 1 foot…Spending time with his son is his biggest thrill outside of golf. Would most like to play Muirfield Village GC in Dublin, Ohio, home of the Memorial Tournament and the 2013 Presidents Cup…Never travels without his iPod. Favorite college team is Mississippi State. Favorite professional teams are the Orlando Magic and New York Giants…Favorite TV show is "Friday Night Lights." Favorite movie is "Ocean's Eleven." Lists Brazilian barbecue as his favorite food.