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() Flamboyant former Ryder Cup player Brian Barnes, who famously beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day, dies aged 74 from cancer after a short illness He was best known for beating Nicklaus twice in a day at the 1975 Ryder Cup Barnes played for Great Britain & Ireland and then Europe in six Ryder Cups He won 20 professional titles and later defended the Senior British Open title

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Published: 20:30 BST, 10 September 2019 | Updated: 20:30 BST, 10 September 2019

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Brian Barnes, who famously beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in the Ryder Cup, has died at the age of 74.

Barnes, who won the Senior British Open in 1995 and defended the title the following year, died from cancer on Monday afternoon after a short illness.

His 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 with no problem at all.'

Brian Barnes won the Senior British Open in 1995 and became the first man to defend the title

Brian Barnes won the Senior British Open in 1995 and became the first man to defend the title

Barnes was born in Addington, Surrey, and represented England at international level until 1971 when he joined the Scottish PGA.

He won nine times on the European Tour but the defining moment of his playing career came in the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley when he beat reigning Masters and US PGA champion Jack Nicklaus 4&2 in the morning singles.

'When we went to the press tent after the morning round everybody acted as if I'd beaten Jesus Christ,' Barnes recalled in an interview with Today's Golfer in 2012. 'He was Jesus Christ as far as golf was concerned, but he was still beatable.

'The Yanks only needed one

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