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1975 Ryder Cup

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Brian Barnes 1973

Brian Barnes (above) beat Jack Nicklaus in singles twice in the same day at the 1975 Ryder Cup.

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Score: USA 21, Great Britain & Ireland 11
Site: Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa.
Captains: Great Britain & Ireland - Bernard Hunt; USA - Arnold Palmer
The 1975 Ryder Cup was over almost as soon as it began as Team USA rolled to another big win over Team Great Britain & Ireland: The Americans won the very first session, the Day 1 morning foursomes, 4-0. The score at the end of the first day was 6.5 to 1.5, and at the end of the second day the USA led 12.5 to 3.5.

And while the United States won the singles, too, something significant did happen for GB&I that makes the 1975 Ryder Cup memorable.

First, some background: At the Ryder Cup this year, there were two singles sessions, a morning and afternoon session, both with eight matches played (for a total of 16 singles matches). So multiple golfers on both sides played two singles matches.

For example, Jack Nicklaus played both singles sessions for Team USA. And Brian Barnes played both singles sessions for GB&I.

So what happened? In the morning singles, Nicklaus and Barnes were drawn to play the eighth singles game. And Barnes beat the Bear, 4 and 2. When the afternoon draw was announced, Nicklaus vs. Barnes again was in the anchor position.

When the two golfers reached the tee for the start of their second singles encounter of the day, Nicklaus told Barnes, "... there ain't no way you're going to beat me again."

Then Barnes went out and beat Nicklaus again, winning 2 and 1. So there's the answer to a trivia question: Which golfer beat Jack Nicklaus twice in the same day in Ryder Cup singles? Brian Barnes.

In an interview many years later with the Golf Channel, Barnes described entering the locker room the two teams shared following the second win. The USA and GB&I sides were separated by a partition. On the other side of the partition, Barnes could hear Nicklaus slamming his shoes and other equipment, cursing to himself, muttering. Barnes peeped over the partition and innocently asked, "Something wrong, Jack?" Nicklaus burst out laughing. The Nicklaus and Barnes families, Barnes said, spent the evening in a local restaurant together, eating, drinking and laughing liberally.

Team Rosters:

• Europe - Brian Barnes, Maurice Bembridge, Eamonn Darcy, Bernard Gallacher, Tommy Horton, Brian Huggett, Guy Hunt, Tony Jacklin, Christy O'Connor Jr., John O'Leary, Peter Oosterhuis, Norman Wood
• USA - Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Al Geiberger, Lou Graham, Hale Irwin, Gene Littler, Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy, Jack Nicklaus, J.C. Snead, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf

Day 1 Results:

Foursomes
• Jack Nicklaus/Tom Weiskopf, U.S., def. Brian Barnes/Bernard Gallacher, GBI, 5 and 4
• Gene Littler/Hale Irwin, U.S., def. Norman Wood/Maurice Bembridge, GBI, 4 and 3
• Al Geiberger/Johnny Miller, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin/ Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, 3 and 1
• Lee Trevino/J.C. Snead, U.S., def. Tommy Horton/John O'Leary, GBI, 2 and 1
Fourballs
• Peter Oosterhuis/Tony Jacklin, GBI, def. Billy Casper/Raymond Floyd, U.S., 2 and 1
• Tom Weiskopf/Lou Graham, U.S., def. Eamonn Darcy/Christy O'Connor Jr., GBI, 3 and 2
• Jack Nicklaus/Bob Murphy, U.S., halved with Brian Barnes/Bernard Gallacher, GBI
• Lee Trevino/Hale Irwin, U.S., def. Tommy Horton/John O'Leary, GBI, 2 and 1

Day 2 Results:

Fourballs
• Billy Casper/Johnny Miller, U.S., halved with Peter Oosterhuis/Tony Jacklin, GBI
• Jack Nicklaus/J.C. Snead, U.S., def. Tommy Horton/ Norman Wood, GBI, 4 and 2
• Gene Littler/Lou Graham, U.S., def. Brian Barnes/Bernard Gallacher, GBI, 5 and 3
• Al Geiberger/Raymond Floyd, U.S., halved with Eamonn Darcy/Guy Hunt, GBI
Foursomes
• Tony Jacklin/Brian Huggett, GBI, def. Lee Trevino/Bob Murphy, U.S., 3 and 2
• Tom Weiskopf/Johnny Miller, U.S., def. Christy O'Connor Jr. /John O'Leary, GBI, 5 and 3
• Hale Irwin/Billy Casper, U.S., def. Peter Oosterhuis/Maurice Bembridge, GBI, 3 and 2
• Al Geiberger/Lou Graham, U.S., def. Eamonn Darcy/Guy Hunt, GBI, 3 and 2

Day 3 Results:

Morning Singles
• Bob Murphy, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin, GBI, 2 and 1
• Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, def. Johnny Miller, U.S., 2-up
• Lee Trevino, U.S., halved with Bernard Gallacher, GBI
• Hale Irwin, U.S., halved with Tommy Horton, GBI
• Gene Littler, U.S., def. Brian Huggett, GBI, 4 and 2
• Billy Casper, U.S., def. Eamonn Darcy, GBI, 3 and 2
• Tom Weiskopf, U.S., def. Guy Hunt, GBI, 5 and 3
• Brian Barnes, GBI, def. Jack Nicklaus, U.S., 4 and 2

Afternoon Singles
• Ray Floyd, U.S., def. Tony Jacklin, GBI, 1-up
• Peter Oosterhuis, GBI, def. J.C. Snead, U.S., 3 and 2
• Al Geiberger, U.S., halved with Bernard Gallacher, GBI
• Tommy Horton, GBI, def. Lou Graham, U.S., 2 and 1
• Hale Irwin, U.S., def. John O'Leary, GBI, 2 and 1
• Bob Murphy, U.S., def. Maurice Bembridge, GBI, 2 and 1
• Norman Wood, GBI, def. Lee Trevino, U.S., 2 and 1
• Brian Barnes, GBI, def. Jack Nicklaus, U.S., 2 and 1

Player Records (wins-losses-halves)

Europe
Brian Barnes, 2-2-1
Maurice Bembridge, 0-3-0
Eamonn Darcy, 0-3-1
Bernard Gallacher, 0-2-3
Tommy Horton, 1-3-1
Brian Huggett, 1-1-0
Guy Hunt, 0-2-1
Tony Jacklin, 2-3-1
Christy O'Connor Jr., 0-2-0
John O'Leary, 0-4-0
Peter Oosterhuis, 3-2-1
Norman Wood, 1-2-0

USA
Billy Casper, 2-1-1
Raymond Floyd, 1-1-1
Al Geiberger, 2-0-2
Lou Graham, 3-1-0
Hale Irwin, 4-0-1
Gene Littler, 3-0-0
Johnny Miller, 2-1-1
Bob Murphy, 2-1-1
Jack Nicklaus, 2-2-1
J.C. Snead, 2-1-0
Lee Trevino, 2-2-1
Tom Weiskopf, 4-0-0

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