Ricky Barnes, USA

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US professional golfer Ricky Barnes has enjoyed a successful career dating back almost ten years that includes a number of notable performances on the PGA Tour, despite the fact he has never reached the heights of players including Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson.

The 31-year-old competitor has achieved a single win since 2003 at the 2010 CVS Caremark Charity Classic with JB Holmes, but his most notable performance came at the 2009 US Open - where he tied for second place.

During the tournament, Barnes established a one-shot lead over Lucas Glover, while Ross Fisher and David Duval shared third place on the leader bird a further four shots behind, after becoming only the fourth man in the tournament's history to reach double figures under par.

Despite having a six-shot lead by the tenth hole halfway through his third round, Barnes began to struggle as a result of the difficult playing conditions and pressure from some of the world's best competitors.

His drive on the tenth flew left and spurred him to rummage in his bag for fear he had lost the ball, while an attempted recovery went the same way, as did his drive on the next.

Barnes then three-putted on the 12th green, spurring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to be in with a chance yet again before the latter drained a 30-footer on the final green for a round of 69.

Born in Stockton, California, in 1981, Barnes played golf at the University of Arizona, which he attended from 2000 to 2003, earning himself the title of Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 200, Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 2001, second team All-American in 2000 and the following year, as well as first-team All-American in 2003.

He was also the low amateur in the 2003 Masters, where he finished in 21st place after outscoring his playing partner - 14-time major winner Tiger Woods - by seven strokes during the opening round.

Barnes' best finish on the European Tour came in the 2006 Oregon Classic, where he lost out to Cliff Kresge in a play-off round, then finished in 25th place on the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list - earning him his PGA Tour card for 2009.

Earlier this month, the talented professional beat out a field of 22 players to win the 15 1/2 Challenge at the Travellers Championship, by finessing his shot onto the 40-foot wide, 14-foot long red umbrella floating on the body of water adjacent to the 15th, 16th and 17th holes at TPC River Highlands.

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