Age: 47 years old Place of Birth: Lower Hutt, New Zealand Turned Professional: 1996
Popular Kiwi Mark Brown was a surprise selection in the NZ World cup team, which reflects the high esteem in which he is held. A former European tour and Asian tour winner, Mark is always a player to watch, as his record at The Hills especially is a good one!
Mark Brown played his career in two parts. He turned professional in 1996 after representing New Zealand at the highest level in amateur golf and played for several seasons in Canada, Australia and New Zealand before taking up a junior development role with NZ Golf.
The introduction of the Charles Tour in New Zealand in the mid 2000’s saw Brown win one of those events in 2006 and eventually regaining access to the PGA Tour of Australasia, thus rekindling his playing career. Then in 2008 he would win on the Asian Tour and a few weeks later win yet another event on the Asian Tour which so happened to be jointly sanctioned with the European and Australasian Tours leading to access to the European Tour. His win at the Johnnie Walker saw him lead the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 2008.
Brown played in Europe until 2011 before eventually losing status there but he has remained a regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia since. He has won several Charles Tour events in NZ and in winning the Carrus Open in Tauranga he recorded a round of 59 on two occasions (2014 and 2018) to join Jim Furyk as the only player to break the magical 60 twice in tournament golf.