About Mark Brown

By J.D. Chi

New Zealand professional golfer Mark Brown turned pro in 1996 but it wasn't until 12 years later that he had his breakout year. In 2008, Brown won on back-to-back weeks in March, once each on the European and Asian tours. Both events were co-sanctioned by the Australasian Tour, which helped Brown to win the Australasian Tour Order of Merit (money list) in 2008.

Recent Professional Career

During Brown's stellar 2008 season, he won the prestigious Johnnie Walker Classic (European Tour) and SAIL Open Golf Championship at Jaypee Greens (Asian Tour), and had two second-place finishes. He was also third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. In 2007, Brown finished in the top 10 in professional events seven times, including second-place finishes at the Bayleys Taranaki Open and Titirangi Open.

Early Professional Career

Brown earned a spot on the Australasian Tour by winning at Qualifying School for the tour in 1996. Since then, he has played on multiple tours with only occasional appearances in the U.S. He played in the PGA Championship four times (2000, 2001, 2006 and 2008), though he only made the cut in 2008 (tied for 24th). Brown did not have immediate success on the professional golf scene and he took time off the golf course to work for Wellington Golf Association. After winning the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006 at age 32, he chose to focus exclusively on playing golf.

In the Bag

Brown plays the TaylorMade Burner driver (9.5 degrees) and r7 fairway wood (15 degrees). His irons are Srixon i-701 Tour and he plays the Srixon Z-URS ball.

Statistics

According to European Tour statistics, Brown has averaged just under 72.5 strokes per round, about 280 yards off the tee and he hits about 66.5 percent of greens in regulation. His nemesis in 2009 is his driving accuracy, which dropped from 66.99 percent of fairways hit in regulation in 2008 to less than 60 percent.

Personal

Born on February 9, 1975, Brown is not only a rugby fan but he played provincial rugby and cricket before turning pro in golf. Brown, who was born in and resides in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, is an avid fisherman. He maintains his own website, which includes a current blog and Twitter posts.

About The Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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