Brian Barnes


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

Barnes was taught the game by his father who was Secretary at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club and later became a pupil of 1951 Open champion Max Faulkner. 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 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 90s with moderate success. Arthritis would hamper his career and force him to leave tournament golf in 2000.