Tag Archives: Bobby Brown

Sep
21
2012

Wait, that's not Bobby B on the bag...

After rolling in a downhill four-footer for par on the 18th, Dustin Johnson walked through the underpass, where his coach Butch Harmon was waiting for him.

“The back (nine) was a lot better,” Dustin, with a big grin on his face, said to Harmon. “Finally made some putts. The front (nine) sucked.”

DJ made the turn with a forgettable even par, but he found his stride coming in, rolling in three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15. The longest putt he had in that stretch was 10 feet on the 14th. He knocked it inside four feet on the other two.

What changed?

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Feb
6
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Stanley and Waldman, a bromance!

 

Wow — for the second week in a row, that was the first word I uttered, but this Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, I was shaking my head in awe and respect instead of shock and disbelief.

I think few doubted that Kyle Stanley, who quite possibly works harder than anyone else in the pro ranks (I mean, the kid makes Vijay Singh look lazy!), would break through with his first PGA Tour victory sooner rather than later (but sometimes these things can go either way — need I list examples?). After all, talent doesn’t just vanish. Neither does resilience, especially when you’re 24 years old.

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Feb
1
2012

Bobby B. and Kyle at the Open Championship, a week after the John Deere Classic disappointment

Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown are among the many who feel badly for Kyle Stanley’s untimely implosion at the Farmers Insurance Open last Sunday. Stanley entered the last hole in regulation with a three-shot lead before imploding with a triple-bogey and then eventually losing in a playoff against Brandt Snedeker.

During the difficult last few days, Stanley has received an outpouring of messages and support from family, friends, fellow players, including Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, who hit an incredible shot and followed it with a great putt for birdie to beat Stanley at the 2011  John Deere Classic, and even an unexpected text from the Gonzaga men’s basketball coach, Mark Few.

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Feb
1
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Stanley coming to grips

Kyle Stanley made a smart decision and got in front of the story early in the week at the WM Phoenix Open, so he could move on and redirect his focus to the present. He agreed to face the press on Tuesday morning at TPC Scottsdale, and bravely answered the inevitable questions about his shocking collapse on the par-5 18th at Torrey Pines in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open this past Sunday.

The 24-year-old from Gig Harbor, Washington, handled it like a pro, saying all the right things and staying dry-eyed, unlike Sunday when he understandably had trouble holding back emotions.

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Dec
14
2011

I love you, man!

While I was caught off guard in April when news broke that Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown had parted ways, I wasn’t shocked to hear DJ has rehired his former longtime caddie, Brown, after splitting seven months ago (hey, every relationship needs breathing space at some point).

In the original report back in April, Dustin described the split as a “break” and that’s exactly what it’s turned out to be.

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Sep
4
2011

Dustin and Bobby: It's not you, it's me.

Dustin Johnson and former looper Bobby Brown will be reunited in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

It’s not quite the former caddie-player pairing we’ve been longing to see since Tiger Woods and Steve Williams split up (which will transpire at the Australian Open in November, sources say), especially after Williams’ strong words for Woods after new boss Adam Scott captured the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Jun
10
2011

Oh, the good ol' days!

As you know, Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown called it quits after working together for three years. It was an amicable split or “break” initially, according to their comments to the media. (It’s always easier to end things by calling it a “break” first, you know?) Sounds like things have worked out well for both DJ and Brown. DJ snagged one of the most-respected loopers in the game, Fred Couples’ longtime caddie Joe LaCava (who people say served as Freddie’s babysitter, too).

Brown says he was happy when he got a phone call from rookie Kyle Stanley, whom Brown had his eye on for the last few years. When Brown and Dustin split, he hoped to snag Stanley’s or Kevin Chappell’s bag. Brown and Stanley teamed up starting at the Colonial a few weeks ago.

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May
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Adam Scott parts ways with longtime looper Tony Navarro

Maybe it’s that time of the month or something’s in the water, but there have been an awful lot of player/caddie splits lately. Martin Kaymer won’t be the only pro with a different looper on his bag this week. Add Adam Scott, Camilo Villegas, Francesco Molinari and Boo Weekley to the conversation, among others.

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May
5
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson and longtime looper Bobby Brown split up two weeks ago

After parting ways with Bobby Brown, his caddie of three years, Dustin Johnson has started tryouts for a replacement at the Wells Fargo Championship. Last week at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, TaylorMade-adidas Vice President of Tour Operations Keith Sbarbaro filled in. So, who’s on DJ’s bag at Quail Hollow? Dan Quinn is a former NHL player who split time on Ernie Els’ bag with Els’ regular looper, Ricci Roberts (this year Els has Mike Kerr full time). And next week for The Players Championship, Johnson has the legendary Joe LaCava, Fred Couples’ caddie of 20-plus years, on loan, which, in my opinion, seems like the perfect match.

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Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown have split

Whoa, this news caught me off guard a bit even though perhaps it shouldn’t have. Many would argue that Dustin Johnson should have fired bagman Bobby Brown long ago — there were slip-ups that Brown took the hit for, like last year’s US Open collapse at Pebble Beach, the bunker debacle at Whistling and the near DQ for a missed tee time at this year’s Northern Trust Open. But according to those inside the ropes, the pair were a perfect match (because even if Brown had tried to tell him to slow down at the US Open or not hit a shot left-handed, Dustin would have still done it if he wanted to). Well, in somewhat of a surprise, DJ and Brown have parted ways after three years of working together.

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