RYDER CUP golfer Gordon Brand Jnr has died at the age of 60 – just two weeks after commentating at The Open.
Brand Jr, who was born in Kirkcaldy in Scotland but lived in Bristol, starred in the 1987 and 1989 Ryder Cups.
He played on the StaySure Tour, who tweeted this morning: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordon Brand Jnr. Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this time.”
Brand Jr was commentating just a fortnight ago at The Open in Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.
He was part of history in the 1987 Ryder Cup side when, under captain Tony Jacklin, the European team won on US soil for the first time.
And Brand Jnr starred again two years later when Europe retained the cup after a draw at The Belfry.
His first win on the European Tour came when he beat legendary Greg Norman by three shots to win the 1982 Coral Classic in Wales.
Brand Jnr won eight times in all and played in The Open on 18 occasions. His best finish was a tie for fifth in 1992.
He was playing on the senior tour and combining that with a career in broadcasting.
Brand Jnr worked at The Open as part of the R&A’s live radio service.
Fans were devastated to learn of Brand Jnr’s passing. One wrote: “So dreadfully sad. Thoughts are with everyone – his family, friends and all the people he made laugh over the years, what a wonderful man, he will be truly missed.”
Another said: “Terrible news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
A fellow user posted: “Sad news indeed. A key part of the late Eighties Ryder Cup team. Condolences to his family.”