Brian Barnes (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Brian Barnes|
3 June 1945 |
Addington, Surrey, England
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||238 lb (108 kg; 17.0 st)|
|Residence||Storrington, Sussex, England|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour
European Seniors Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|European Seniors Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships
|The Open Championship||5th: 1972|
|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 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.
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.
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,
|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,
|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)
- 1967 Flame Lily (SA)
- 1969 Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship, Agfa-Gevaert Tournament
- 1970 Wills Australian Masters
- 1979 Zambia Open
- 1981 Benson & Hedges Kenya Open, Zambia Open
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|
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland/Europe): 1969 (tie), 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979
- Double Diamond: 1972, 1973 (winners), 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
- Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1974 (winners), 1976 (winners), 1978 (winners), 1980 (winners, captain)
- World Cup (representing Scotland): 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
- Philip Morris International: 1976
- PGA Cup: 1990
- Zullo, Allan, "Astonishing but True Golf Facts", Andrew McMeels Publishing, Forest Fairview, North Carolina, 2001.