If Brown sounds like an analyst, that’s because it’s the way he made a living after his playing career ended prematurely. His television career started the same year that he faced Woods, after one last wrist injury was too much to overcome.
Brown was only 35, but he played just 15 TOUR events after 1999. His last start was in 2002. He only made two cuts, and never finished better than 70th, after facing Woods.
“It helped me with closure,” Brown recalled. “That was my last shot and I got beat by the World No. 1.
“If I didn’t have that, I don’t know if I would have tried to hang on.”