Brown enjoying Johnson’s U.S. Open run
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – He assures you that he knows his role and doesn’t embellish what he’s doing. “This,” said Bobby Brown, “is the Dustin Johnson show.”
Sitting three strokes in front to begin the final round of his quest to win the U.S. Open, there’s little doubt about that when it comes to Johnson. But Brown will let you know that today’s final round is a big deal for him, too, no matter that some will view him simply as a guy carrying a golf bag.
“I had dreams like everyone else,” Brown said. “Caddies are no different than players. You work yourself up.”
To fuel his dream, Brown years ago journeyed to where the game is most special – right here at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“It was the best thing I ever did. How can you not get yourself jacked up to come to Pebble Beach or Spyglass Hill?” Brown asked. “I don’t care if a guy’s shooting a buck-twenty, if they make a couple of putts, you know (their day is made).”
One could say that Brown was made by his experience at Pebble Beach. It led to meeting players and landing jobs with guys on the Canadian Tour, the Nationwide Tour, and eventually the PGA Tour. He was on Eric Axley’s bag for a victory at the Valero Texas Open in 2006, then got asked to come over and caddie for a long, lanky, and very quiet kid by the name of Dustin Johnson.
It’s been a dream come true.
Already a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, including twice at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Johnson is in position to truly break through into the upper echelon that people inside the golf world have had him pegged for a few years now. Saturday’s birdie-birdie finish to a scintillating 66 thrust Johnson into a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell and by five over Tiger Woods. Other marquee names are chasing him, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, most notably, but make no mistake about it – Johnson is the guy to beat.
“He’s very much in control,” Johnson said.
Brown, meanwhile, is providing whatever knowledge he can of Pebble Beach. It’s been helpful twice in February for AT&T wins, but that is wet and soft; this is summer hard and fast.
“How many times in (all these) years have I seen the greens like this? I would think maybe eight times,” Brown said. “I’m seeing greens I’ve never seen out here and I’m at the back of the green saying, ‘Don’t call me in.’ ”
He’s selling himelf short, of course, because Johnson is most certainly calling upon Brown. And Brown is most certainly ready to answer.