Mark Brooks, winner of the 1996 PGA Championship, takes us through that win at Valhalla in a playoff with Kenny Perry, the last time the sudden death format was used in that event. Mark recounts his experiences in the other majors, the intimidation he felt at Augusta, the Texas-like conditions of playing in the Open Championship and the gut punches you were bound to take at the U.S. Open. We wind up this final episode with a brief look back at his President's Cup memories from 1996 and review his golf course design work. Mark Brooks shares his story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
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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.