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Ricky Barnes

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/6/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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Overnight leader Ricky Barnes back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open for a 72-hole total of 9-under 279, down three on the leaderboard into a five-way T4, three adrift of champion Charley Hoffman.
Barnes led the Heritage in scrambling last week at 86.49 percent. It carried over for the first three rounds this week, but he went 1-for-6 on Sunday, dropping to 0-for-3 on TOUR when the 54-hole leader/co-leader. The 35-year-old began the finale on 11-under, leading by one over playing competitor and 18- and 36-hole leader Brendan Steele, who shot 75. He led by two over Hoffman, who was playing one threesome ahead. Barnes bogeyed the first, sixth and ninth to overshadow a 6'2" birdie-3 at 4, but was still T2 at the turn, just one back of Martin Piller (thru 10 holes). Further bogeys on 10 and 12 however, knocked him out of contention, though he did manage to circle the 13th and 18th for back-to-back top 10s (last time was 2010) and a season best in his 16th start. Apr 24 - 7:25 PM

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Playing out of the penultimate threesome, Ricky Barnes painted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Valero Texas Open to post 11-under 205, up four places on the leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over 36-hole leader Brendan Steele.

Last week, Barnes led the Heritage in scrambling at 86.49 percent (32/37) en route to his first top 10 of the season (T9) in his 15th start. He's hitting significantly more greens in regulation at TPC San Antonio, 15 in R2, and 11 in rounds one and three, but took four to get on the par-5 18th and missed his par putt from 9'2" to end on a sour note. The Tour grad began his third frame on 6-under (T5) after opening in 68-70. He squared two but camouflaged them with seven birdies, including a 14-footer on the par-3 third and a 29'4" roll on the par-4 12th, posting a sparkling 1.364 putts per GIR. Barnes is winless on TOUR in 221 career starts (215 as a pro), with a career-best T2 at the 2009 U.S. Open where he led after 54 holes.
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

Ricky Barnes tacked on a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 138, up three places to T3 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Barnes is in a seven-way T5, four back of 36-hole leader Brendan Steele.

The Tour grad hit 11 greens in regulation in R1 and bettered that with 15 in R2. He also dramatically improved in driving accuracy, from six (of 14) in R1 to 13 in R2. Neither helped Barnes post a better score however, chasing 68 with a four-birdie two-bogey 70. He began off No. 10 tee and circled birdies at 11, 17 and 18 to turn 3-under, but came to the house in 1-over, erasing birdie at 6 (from 15'4") with bogeys at 2 and 7 on failed scrambles. The 35-year-old currently leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at a cumulative 9.277, but is 123rd in strokes gained: putting at -2.349, including -1.905 in R2.
Apr 22 - 3:25 PM

Ricky Barnes built a strong scorecard in round one of the Valero Texas Open, signing a 4-under-par 33-35=68, and will stay loose as he readies for his next tee time later this morning.

Barnes was in the p.m. wave on Thursday which was left stranded due to darkness. He closed out his round today, carding just one bogey on the round. It came on the par-4 15th hole as he missed a 4'8" par-saving effort. Barnes tallied five birdies in his round, a 30'9" splash on the par-4 first hole going as the only putt made outside of eight feet. Barnes has posted MC-WD-MC his last three trips to the Valero, so he'll certainly be happy with this strong round one performance.
Apr 22 - 9:51 AM

Ricky Barnes smoothed a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the RBC Heritage for a four-day tally of 3-under 281, up 10 on the live leaderboard to T14. UPDATE: Barnes finished in a five-way T9 for his first top 10 of the season. He led the field in scrambling at 86.49 percent (32/37).

It remains to be seen where Barnes will actually finish, but it's going to be a season best -- and first top 20 -- in his 15th start. Remarkable, considering he's currently T67 (of 75 players) in greens in regulation at 48.61 percent (35/72), never finding more than nine GIR in any round. At last check however, the 35-year-old is second in strokes gained: putting at a cumulative 8.649, including 3.188 in R4. He made a 7'4" one-putt par save on the 18th to play the difficult final four holes at Harbour Town GL in bogey-free 2-under, penciling birdies on Nos. 15 and 17. Barnes circled four total, all from inside 13 feet, and made three par-saving putts from between 10 and 13 feet. His one bogey was at the par-3 14th after watering his tee shot.
Apr 17 - 3:39 PM

Ricky Barnes crafted a 3-under-par 33-35=68 on day two of the RBC Heritage to reach the halfway point on 3-under 139, up 27 on the live leaderboard to T9.

Barnes has had success at Harbour Town GL previously, boasting T5 in 2010 (debut) and T4 in 2011, and has since posted MC-T71 and steady -- though not spectacular -- finishes of T38/2014 and T37/2015. He opened his seventh visit with a one-birdie one-bogey 71 and added some more color to his card on day two. The 35-year-old improved to eight (of 14) fairways and circled five on just nine greens in regulation for a stellar 1.556 putts per GIR. His split featured four conversions from between 13 and 18 feet and a two-putt birdie on the par-5 second. Barnes got up-and-down eight of nine times, but the one time he didn't, he swallowed a double bogey-6 at the 11th.
Apr 15 - 1:38 PM

Ricky Barnes back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the Northern Trust Open for a two-day total of 5-under 137, down nine places on the live leaderboard to T14.

Barnes continues a disappointing season-long trend. Thru nine starts in 2015-16, he ranks seventh on TOUR in R1 scoring average at 67.67... but, it gets progressively worse from there, dipping to 87th-ranked for R2, 106th-R3 and 136th-R4 (71.43). True-to-form, the 35-year-old opened his eighth Northern Trust in 4-under 67 and chased with 70 on Friday. He was blemish-free 3-under thru 14 holes, but squared two over his final four holes, including a three-putt bogey on the par-5 17th from 37'5". Barnes improved to eight (of 14) fairways but digressed to 11 greens in regulation. On a more positive note, he did go 6-for-7 in scrambling.
Feb 19 - 7:14 PM

Ricky Barnes tore through Riviera Country Club with a 4-under-par 32-35=67 to open his week at the Northern Trust Open.

Barnes is establishing himself as one of the top round-one golfers on TOUR, at least for the time being. Going back to the Shriners, he's finished inside the top 10 through day one in four of his last five starts (assuming today's 4-under stays in the top 10, which it should). Barnes beat the field average greens in regulation by nearly 10 percent as he walked off the course with 13 GIRs. Most of the damage was done with the putter, though, as he rolled in five putts from outside nine feet including a 22'8" birdie roll on the par-4 10th hole.
Feb 18 - 2:17 PM

Ricky Barnes patched together a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 36-hole total of 8-under 135, down two spots on the day to T8.

Barnes has just four podiums in 209 pro starts (no wins) and one came here (solo third) back in 2012. He sandwiched that with four missed cuts, including his last three straight. After opening in 6-under 65 on Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course, he chased with six birdies, one bogey and a triple bogey-7 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The 35-year-old played his first six holes in birdie-birdie-triple-birdie-bogey-birdie before settling down to play his final 12 holes in bogey-free 2-under. He landed just 12 greens in regulation in R2, but posted a 1.583 mark in putts per GIR, including a missed birdie at the 18th from 5'0". The triple came at the par-4 third where he was in the fairway and 141 yards to the hole for his second, but landed in a greenside bunker and took five to get down from there.
Feb 12 - 8:12 PM

Ricky Barnes cruised to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-35=65 while playing Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course to kick off his week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Barnes was brilliant yet again in his opening round. He's now landed inside the top 10 through 18 holes in four of his last five events. Entering the week, he'd missed the cut in four of his last five Pebble Beach Pro-Am starts, with a third-place finish squeezed in there. Barnes landed 16 greens in regulation today, which is generally an easy route to success. Gamers should take note of the continual quick starts, but also brace themselves for a likely letdown as this week progresses.
Feb 11 - 4:25 PM

Ricky Barnes is off to another quick start, signing for a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the opening round of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Kicking off the week at the 10th tee on La Quinta Country Club, Barnes circled five birdies before giving one back at the par-4 2nd hole (his 11th of the day). The course was no match for his ball-striking as he landed 16 greens in regulation. Barnes entered the week ranked 36th in Round 1 Scoring Average but outside the top 90 in all other rounds. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues to hold true as the week progresses.
Jan 21 - 7:51 PM

Overnight co-leader Ricky Barnes backed up with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii and his 6-under 134 saw him crater 23 spots on the live leaderboard to T24.

The 34-year-old was unable to keep the pace of his bogey-free 63 in R1 which had him co-leading after 18 holes with four others. It was just the second time that he lead/co-lead after 18 holes, the only other time was at the 2013 Zurich Classic where he eventually finished T42. Yesterday's loop went for seven birdies on 13 greens in regulation, but today's play ended with just three birdies on 11 GIR and four bogeys. He had but one birdie (from 2'8" at the par-5 18th) thru his first 16 holes on Friday before finishing with back-to-back circles on the eighth and ninth, his last two holes of the round, including a 27-footer at the former.
Jan 15 - 10:02 PM

Ricky Barnes ripped apart Waialae Country Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 to kick off his week at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The PGA TOUR veteran is making his seventh career Sony start with a T20 in 2013 his previous best. Today's seven-under eclipses his previous Waialae low round by two strokes. Barnes split just seven (of 14) fairways but found 13 greens in regulation. It was from the green where the magic started as he walked off the 18th with a +4.987 in the strokes gained:putting department. That kind of day with the flat stick is not repeatable, but it certainly gives him a nice head start.
Jan 14 - 4:44 PM

Ricky Barnes opened 2015-16 26th in the Tour priority rankings and has moved to 10th following the first reshuffle post-RSM Classic.

Barnes finished 155th in FedExCup points last season but regained his card with three top 25s in three WCT Finals' events, good for 18th in Finals' money. The 34-year-old went 4-for-5 prior to the holiday break with two top 25s (CUT-T25-T33-T51-T25), and was inside the top 10 after 36 holes twice, before faltering on the weekend. During this run of four straight cashes, he's shot par-or-better in eight rounds prior to the cut (25-under), but was over-par in four of eight rounds post-cut.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 05:25:00 AM

Ricky Barnes submitted a bogey-free, 3-under-par 32-35=67 for his second round of The RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course.

Barnes was one of 20 golfers who went bogey-free on Thursday, but he was the only of the set who replicated the feat today. He's 7-under 135 at the break, four strokes off the pace of 36-hole clubhouse leader Kevin Chappell. Barnes found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation in his second round. He's 7-for-7 in scrambling for the week.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:58:00 PM