Tempestuous Barnes likely starter at NZ PGA

BY iseekgolf.com | Web.com Tour | 2005 New Zealand PGA Championship | General | 13 Jan 2005
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Fiery American golfer Ricky Barnes is a likely starter at the $US600,000 ING New Zealand PGA Championship at the Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, from February 24-27 2005.

Talented, but very temperamental, the 2002 US amateur champion “blew up” in the final round of the Australian MasterCard Masters in December when he five-putted the 15th from 1.5m, carelessly knocking the ball around with his putter without bothering to line-up. He had earlier been caught on television during the third round attacking a tree with his club after an errant shot. He received a substantial fine for his behaviour during the event.

Bob Tuohy, tournament chairman, said that Barnes is an exciting player to watch, not only for his talent, but also his flamboyant style.

“He was a leading contender going into the final round of the Masters, dropped a shot on the first hole and never recovered. He is a very emotional player, but needs to harness his feelings on the course. He will definitely draw a good gallery,” he said.

The ING New Zealand PGA Championship is a co-sanctioned event between the PGA Tour of Australasia and US PGA Nationwide Tour. The field will comprise 78 from the US PGA Nationwide Tour, 68 from the PGA Tour of Australasia and 10 sponsor invitees.

The full field for the ING New Zealand PGA Championship will be known in early February following the first Nationwide tour event of the season in Panama from January 27-30.

Source – PGA Tour
Photo – Anthony Powter/Snaperture

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