Nicklaus slayer Barnes passes away

By Doug Mattushek - 11 September 2019Views : 120


Scottish golfer Brian Barnes passed away at the age of 74 with his family at his side on Monday.

The Scot is known for defeating golfing legend Jack Nicklaus twice in one day during the 1975 Ryder Cup, as well as notching up 23 professional wins over a three decades-long career.

"He will always be rightly remembered for defeating Jack twice in one day in 1975," said David Williams, chairman of the European Tour on ESPN.

"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."

On that fateful day in 1975, Nicklaus was playing in front of a home crowd at Laurel Valley. Having won his 13th major at the Masters just months previously, he was considered unbeatable.

After Barnes beat Nicklaus in the morning singles, he told US Captain Arnold Palmer to pair him up against Barnes again in the afternoon.

"You've beaten me once, but there ain't no way you're going to beat me again," quipped the Golden Bear.

However, Barnes went on to defeat Nicklaus 2 and 1. Despite this, the US team went on to win comfortably, defeating the Europeans 21-11.