My pal and caddie from 2001-2004 is now Dustin Johnson’s caddie. His name is Bobby Brown and he is a hard working and energetic guy. I have been extremely proud of Bobby as a tour caddie and ALWAYS root for Dustin when he is playing in an event. Previously to Dustin, Bobby (or BB I call him) caddied for Eric Axley and Matt Bettencourt. Weeks after getting Eric’s bag they won and BB was launched as a premier caddy on the PGA Tour.
But what the Hell has happened the last few months has me scratching my head wondering what is going on with the decision making process involved in club selection and just general course management. I think after what happened at Pebble Beach on #2 and #3 that these guys would have discussed taking a more careful approach under such extremely important situations where a mistake will likely be the difference in winning a major or NOT.
Is the bunker situation both of their faults…of course it is. The PGA of America had cautioned the players (and caddies) that ALL bunkers (anywhere the sand lies) would be considered in a hazard where grounding a club would be a two stroke penalty. Did BB think Dustin knew he was in a bunker…I didn’t ask him yet, but I would guess he thought he knew he was in a bunker and didn’t need to remind him.
Why did BB run down the hill 50 yards away from Dustin, he looked like a scared cat waiting for Dustin to hit his shot from the BUNKER. I think BB has done an awesome job with Dustin and they will both grow and learn from this unfortunate situation. Those that are blaming BB for this mishap aren’t properly educated to the facts that surrounded the situation. These two guys will become stronger and tougher as a result of this unfortunate mishap, but the problem really was the errant tee shot that put Dustin in the tough spot he found himself in. BB had nothing to do with the poor tee shot on #18 other than perhaps braking Dustin’s driver and telling him it’s a 3 wood pal.
BB met Dustin at the Olympic Club for the 2007 US Amateur (Dustin didn’t make match play) on the driving range where he introduced himself to Dustin. BB is a tenacious and hard working guy and he clearly has a knack for assessing talent.
I believe these guys will go on to win many majors and will look back to this experience as a spring board to future success. Who’s bag would you rather have Tiger’s or Dustin’s….I’m thinking Dustin!!
Give me your thoughts and feedback and if enough of you are curious I’ll get BB to provide some behind the scenes insights if he’s still talking to me after this post…just keeping it real!!