Who will employ Brooker?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I’m thinking about where David Brooker might go next and Suzann Pettersen seems a likely choice. She had a PGA Tour caddie on the bag at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, but he was there on a trial basis.
Brooker and Yani Tseng would make a fantastic team, but Tseng isn’t interested in giving up good friend Sherry Lin, who is more friend than polished looper.
Before winning 21 times with Ochoa, Brooker worked 3 1/2 years for Grace Park, before injuries knocked her off the map. He also spent one year with Mi Hyun Kim, helped Charlotta Sorenstam win her lone title at the 2000 Standard Register Ping (beating her sister and Karrie Webb), and finished eighth on the money list with Carin Koch in 2002, no small feat.
Bottom line, Brooker was a big part of Ochoa’s success. Having a substitute caddie at the next several events isn’t ideal for the World No. 1, but she needed him for the long haul (even if that’s just 3-5 more years).
Ochoa has, at times, been out of sorts this year. From where I sit, this seems like a reckless move.
They were a good team.