Winner of the PGA Championship in 1996, Mark Brooks takes us through each of his PGA Tour victories beginning with the "Greater Slam", winning the Greater Hartford Open, the Greater Greensboro Open and the Greater Milwaukee Open in succession. He remembers when a $35,000 year in winnings kept him exempt in the top 125 and finding a Ray Cook putter in a garage that led to a win at the Bob Hope. Only two months later, that putter was history but he made everything with the Odyssey he put in play at the 1996 Houston Open just prior to his major win at Valhalla. Mark Brooks continues his life story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Follow our show and/or leave a review/rating on:
"FORE the Good of the Game” is a golf podcast featuring interviews with World Golf Hall of Fame members, winners of major championships and other people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on telling their life stories, in their voices. Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”
Thanks so much for listening!
Brooks was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a three-time All-American as a member of the golf team. He turned professional in 1983.
Brooks has seven wins on the PGA Tour, including one major, the 1996 PGA Championship. He was a member of the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 1996.
During his thirties, Brooks began a second career in golf course design, and was a partner in the firm of Knott-Linn-Brooks House based in Palo Alto, California. His first major project, the Southern Oaks Golf Club outside Fort Worth, opened in 1999 and was highly acclaimed. In his late forties, he began splitting his playing time between the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He lives in Fort Worth.
After his 50th birthday in 2011, Brooks joined the Champions Tour. In 2015, Brooks was hired by Fox Sports as an-course analyst for the network's U.S. Open coverage.