Former Ryder Cup player Barnes dies at the age of 74

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Pipe-smoking Barnes represented Scotland in team events

The flamboyant former Ryder Cup golfer Brian Barnes became 74 years old from cancer after a short illness.

He was best known for beating Jack Nicklaus twice a day during the 1975 game against the United States.

Barnes played for Great Britain and Ireland and then for Europe in six Ryder Cups between 1969 and 1979 and won 20 professional titles.

Born in Surrey, he represented Scotland in team events and achieved three top 10 finishes in the Open Championship.

Barnes won the Senior British Open in 1995 and became the first man to defend the title the following year.

Tribute after his death, brother-in-law Guy Faulkner said: "It was very sudden. I played a round of golf with him in May and he played 18 holes without any problem."

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