Brian Barnes, who beat Jack Nick­laus twice, dies

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

VIR­GINIA WA­TER, Eng­land (AP) — Brian Barnes, the charis­matic English golfer who beat Jack Nick­laus twice in one day in Ry­der Cup sin­gles matches, has died af­ter a short illness. He was 74.

The Euro­pean Tour said Barnes, who had can­cer, died on Mon­day with fam­ily mem­bers by his side.

A nine-time win­ner on the Euro­pean Tour, Barnes — known for play­ing with a pipe in his mouth and a bot­tle of vodka and orange juice in his bag — was most fa­mous for his two vic­to­ries over Nick­laus at Lau­rel Val­ley, Penn­syl­va­nia, in 1975 when the Ry­der Cup was a con­test be­tween the United States and Bri­tain &Ire­land.

Barnes won in the morn­ing sin­gles, 4 and 2, and Nick­laus asked U.S cap­tain Arnold Palmer if he could play Barnes again in the af­ter­noon. Bernard Hunt, Europe’s cap­tain, agreed to a change in the draw and Barnes won again, 2 and 1.

“The Amer­i­cans couldn’t be­lieve it,” said Bernard Gal­lacher, Barnes’ good friend and Ry­der Cup part­ner, “and they were all con­grat­u­lat­ing him say­ing they never thought any­body could beat Jack.”

Barnes played in the Ry­der Cup in six straight matches from 1969 to 1979, when play­ers from con­ti­nen­tal Europe fea­tured for the first time.

Barnes fin­ished in­side the top 10 of the Euro­pean Tour’s Or­der of Merit ev­ery sea­son from 1972 — the first year of the tour — to 1978.

“He will al­ways be rightly re­mem­bered for de­feat­ing Jack twice in one day in 1975,” said David Wil­liams, chair­man of the Euro­pean Tour, “but his im­pact was felt far be­yond that as one of the tour’s great char­ac­ters and en­ter­tain­ers, some­thing which en­dured through­out his ca­reer on the Se­nior Tour.”

Barnes won the Se­nior Bri­tish Open at Royal Portrush in 1995 and 1996.

Barnes liked a drink and fa­mously marked his ball on the fi­nal hole of the 1982 Scot­tish Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship with a beer can, be­fore putting out for the win. He re­ceived treat­ment for al­co­holism in 1993.


Brian Barnes of the Bri­tish Ry­der Cup team lines up a putt dur­ing Ry­der Cup golf tour­na­ment in this file photo taken on Sept. 20, 1975.

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