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1975 Jack Nicklaus is beaten twice in one day by Brian Barnes in the Ryder Cup singles at Laurel Valley GC, Pennsylvania, in the final year that two sets of eight singles were played on the last day of the Cup. Barnes was chosen to face Nicklaus, who had already won his fifth Masters and fourth PGA Championship that year to bring his major total to 14, because it was felt that as long-time fishing buddies Barnes would not be as overawed by the great man as most of his team mates.
In the morning Barnes won 4&2, while the two men talked nothing but fishing. That win stimulated so much interest that Barnes was asked if he would face Nicklaus again in the afternoon. Barnes accepted and when they met on the 1st tee Nicklaus said, "Barnesy, well done this morning but there is no way you are going to beat me this afternoon." However, despite a birdie-birdie start, Barnes again came through, this time by 2&1.
Sadly Barnes' exploit made little different to the match, with the US defeating GB&I by a thumping 21-11. Following this, thoughts began turning towards widening the Cup to include Europe alongside GB&I, and a firm proposal to this effect was put to Lord Derby, President of the British PGA, in 1977 by Nicklaus, following another GB&I defeat at Royal Lytham & St Annes by 12½ - 7½. The 1979 match became the first Ryder Cup between the USA and Europe.

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