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Injury may force Brian Barnes to retire

Brian Barnes could be forced out of competitive golf as a result of worsening rheumatoid arthritis in his wrists.

Barnes had to withdraw five holes into today's first round at the Senior British Open at Royal Co Down in Northern Ireland.

"It's a shame," he said. "I still love playing golf but it's no fun at all playing in pain like this.

"I haven't made a final decision yet but I'm hoping to move into TV work next season and if I do I might even hang up my clubs altogether."

He said: "When I arrived here on Tuesday and saw the hard ground I knew I was in trouble. The ground is just too hard for me given the problems I have.

"This morning it was bad enough when we teed off but then, when the wind started to get up and I had to start hitting down on the ball, I knew I wouldn't be able to get round.


Brian Barnes heads back to the club house after withdrawing from the British Senior Open. Allsport.

"It's a great shame because I love this tournament but there's not much I can do about it."

He said: "Basically there's not a lot the doctors can do. I take a lot of painkillers but in conditions like these, even they are not enough to take the pain away. The doctors have told me that I'm in the wrong business."


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