Richard Kyle “Ricky” Barnes is an American professional golfer who was born on February 6, 1981 and who currently plays on the PGA tour. Barnes was born in Stockton, California.
Barnes started playing college golf at the University of Arizona which he attended from 2000 to 2003 where he was named as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000 and Pac-10 Co-player of the year in 2001.
In 2002 he won the 102nd U.S. Amateur where he defeated Hunter Mahan in the final round. Barnes and Mahan soon shared the 2003 Ben Hogan Award and the duo would give victory to the United States at the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy.
By 2003 he was the low amateur at The Masters wherein he finished 21st after he has outscored Tiger Woods by seven shots in the opening round.
Barnes turned professional in 2003 and has been playing in different tours since then. He finished in the 25th spot during the 2008 Nationwide Tour which earned him his PGA Tour card for 2009.
At the 2009 U.S Open, Barnes was able to set the 36-hole scoring record after shooting an 8-under 132 through the first two rounds. On the third round, he was the fourth player to reach double digits under par. He however suffered a collapse in the final round where he placed in a tie for 2nd place. He was just two shots behind first place winner Lucas Glover.
During his rookie season through July, the runner up finish at the U.S, Open is his only top 25 finish for the year 2009.