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Brian Barnes (golfer)

Brian Barnes
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Brian Barnes
Born (1945-06-03) 3 June 1945
Addington, Surrey, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg; 17.0 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Storrington, Sussex, England
Turned professional 1964
Retired 2000
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 9
Champions Tour 1
European Seniors Tour 2
Other 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship 5th: 1972
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
European Seniors Tour
Order of Merit winner

Brian Barnes (born 3 June 1945) is a professional golfer. He was born in Addington, Surrey, England, and lives in England, but he represented Scotland at the international level. Barnes was educated at Millfield School in Somerset.

Barnes is noted for having beaten Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in singles match play, during the 1975 Ryder Cup on 21 September, winning 4&2 in the morning round and 2&1 in the afternoon session.


  • Career outline 1
  • Amateur wins (1) 2
  • Professional wins (19) 3
    • European Tour wins (9) 3.1
    • Other wins (7) 3.2
    • European Seniors Tour wins (2) 3.3
    • Champions Tour wins (1) 3.4
  • Team appearances 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career outline

Barnes was taught golf by his father who was Secretary at Burnham and Berrow Golf Clubs and later became a pupil (and future son-in-law) of Max Faulkner, the 1951 Open champion. He turned professional in 1964.[1]

Barnes was one of the leading European Tour golfers of the 1970s. He placed between 4th and 8th on the Order of Merit every year from 1971 to 1980 (the 1971 money list was semi-official, and the European Tour formally commenced in 1972). He won nine events on the Tour between 1972 and 1981, and also won professional events in Africa, Australia and Canada. He had three top ten finishes at The Open Championship, the best of them a tie for fifth in 1972.

In 1995, Barnes became eligible to play in senior tournaments, and was very successful. He won the Senior British Open Championship in 1995 and became the first man to successfully defend the title in 1996. He topped the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit in 1995, and went on the play the US Champions Tour in the late 1990s with moderate success. Arthritis hampered his career and forced him to leave tournament golf in 2000.

Barnes played for Great Britain & Ireland and finally Europe in six consecutive Ryder Cups from 1969 to 1979. He has a 10-14-1 win-loss-tie record including a 5-5-0 record in singles matches (there were two sets of singles matches in some of the Ryder Cups in which he participated). He had a successful partnership with Bernard Gallacher in foursomes and four-ball matches but is best remembered for beating Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in 1975.

Barnes was responsible for one of the most atrocious putting performances ever seen in a professional tournament. During the 1968 French Open, Barnes missed a short putt on the par-3 8th hole. Angry with the miss, he then tried to rake the ball into the cup, but missed. He then hit the ball back and forth while it was still moving. After all of the missed putts and penalty strokes were counted, Barnes had scored a 15 for the hole.[2]

Amateur wins (1)

  • 1964 British Youths Open Amateur Championship

Professional wins (19)

European Tour wins (9)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 10 Jun 1972 Martini International −11 (72-69-70-66=277) 1 stroke Jack Newton
2 11 Aug 1974 Dutch Open −5 (71-69-71=211) 5 strokes Peter Oosterhuis, Simon Owen,
Glenn Ralph
3 4 May 1975 French Open −7 (68-69-71-73=281) 2 strokes Neil Coles, Eamonn Darcy,
Dale Hayes, John O'Leary
4 5 Sep 1976 Sun Alliance Match Play Championship 3&2 Craig Defoy
5 22 Apr 1978 Spanish Open −12 (67-75-70-64=276) 2 strokes Howard Clark
6 18 Jun 1978 Greater Manchester Open −5 (69-71-69-66=275) Playoff Bob Charles, Denis Durnian,
Nick Job
7 15 Apr 1979 Portuguese Open −5 (69-75-71-72=287) 2 strokes Francisco Abreu
8 6 May 1979 Italian Open −7 (73-70-71-67=281) Playoff Dale Hayes
9 13 Sep 1981 Haig Whisky TPC −8 (73-70-71-62=276) Playoff Brian Waites

Other wins (7)

European Seniors Tour wins (2)

Champions Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 21 Jun 1998 AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship −12 (68-68-68=204) 2 strokes Tom Jenkins, Dana Quigley, Bruce Summerhays

Team appearances


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  2. ^ Zullo, Allan, "Astonishing but True Golf Facts", Andrew McMeels Publishing, Forest Fairview, North Carolina, 2001.

External links

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