Jack Nicklaus pays glowing tribute to Ryder Cup nemesis Brian Barnes


Jack Nicklaus has led the tributes to Brian Barnes and insisted that”a lot” was made of this Scot beating him in one day at the 1975 Ryder Cup.
Barnes, who passed away on Tuesday in age 74 following a battle with cancer, obtained 23 championships and remains the only player to successfully defend the Open title in 1995 and 1996.
But the Scot is famous for his two Ryder Cup singles strikes Nicklaus in Laurel Valley in 1975, after up a 4&2 triumph in the afternoon using a 2&1 triumph in the afternoon over the Golden Bear, who had been reigning Masters and PGA winner at the time.
However, Nicklaus explained Barnes as a”tough competitor” and theorized that the two wins amid a significant defeat for Europe weren’t any real surprise, because he paid a glowing tribute on social networking.
The 18-time important champion wrote:”Barbara and that I learned from Brian Barnes’ daughter, Didi, that her father & our buddy Brian’d lost his battle with cancer passed. Her words, amazing & reassuring, stated if she was to reduce her dad, it had been as close to a”model passing” as any loving family could want.
“‘Barnesy’ was an absolute personality. Much entertainer as golfer. Wasn’t unusual to see him put long socks with shorts, tee off with pipe in his mouth & mark his ball!
“To be truthful, too much has been produced from Barnesy beating me on Sunday at the 1975 Ryder Cup. Why? Because Brian Barnes was a challenging competitor! Played in six Ryder Cups that were consecutive, enjoyed success on each side of this pond-before & after he turned 50 and won 20 times as an expert!
“Barnesy was long & straight off the teeand, of course, quick of humor. Yes, we will miss Barnesy! Barbara and I want to thank Didi and family for allowing us know of the fantastic loss – to the match and also to us, personally – as we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of them.”
Gary Player added:”My sincere condolences to the family and friends of irrepressible Scotsman Brian Barnes. He had a terrific career, winning all over the planet, ranging from back to back Senior Open Championships. You will be overlooked. RIP.”
Lee Westwood was one of many professionals to place tributes, including:”In 1994, my 1st year on tour I had been sat at a hotel bar when I got asked to play at the Perrier Four-ball after that year. It was Brian Barnes.
“I immediately jumped at the opportunity. We didn’t do quite well (missed the cut) but it had been clearly one of the most enjoyable weeks I’ve ever had on tour. A brilliant golfer and story teller and companion. RIP Brian.”

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