Died: Brian Barnes, who won nine times on the European Tour and played on six European Ryder Cup teams, on Monday. He was 74 and had suffered from cancer, according to U.K. media reports. Barnes, a native of England who represented Scotland, famously defeated Jack Nicklaus twice on the same day in the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley in Ligonier, Pa. In the morning singles, Barnes won, 4 and 2, before Nicklaus asked for a rematch in the afternoon, which Barnes won, 2 and 1, as the Americans romped to a 21-11 victory. In the 1990s, Barnes won two Senior British Open titles and a Canadian Senior Open crown. He was the son-in-law of Max Faulkner, the 1951 British Open champion.
Replaced: Stacy Lewis, who withdrew with a back injury from the U.S. Solheim Cup team, by Ally McDonald. Lewis, a four-time Solheim Cup player, was one of captain Juli Inkster’s two at-large picks. McDonald will be making her first appearance in the biennial matches, which begin Friday at Gleneagles Hotel’s PGA Centenary Course in Auchterarder, Scotland. McDonald, 26, who has not won in three LPGA seasons, posted three top-10 results in 19 starts this season. She is No. 51 in the Rolex Rankings.
Announced: By the Korn Ferry Tour, the Veritex Bank Championship, a tournament to debut in the spring on the PGA Tour’s top developmental circuit. The event will be held April 16-19 at Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington, Texas. The five-year agreement is with the Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington.