- That he once was rumored to have been dating Natalie Gulbis. In 2004, ESPN asked Gulbis about her relationship with Barnes. Here's the exchange:
Q: You are friends with Ricky Barnes. You guys spend some time together?
A: We went to school together at Arizona. So when I train in Phoenix, I train at the facility adidas has. We usually hang out and go to a basketball game or go play golf. If there is an Arizona alumni thing, they usually bring us out to do clinics and stuff like that.
That at the 2004 Australian Masters he was fined and reprimanded for conduct unbecoming of a professional, for repeated displays of temper. "From the word go, from the first shot he was blowing up," his playing partner and tournament winner, Richard Green, said. "It was a shame that that sort of behavior was going on."
That Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton is a friend, who was sending him text messages of encouragement during the Nationwide Tour Championship last year. Presumably, he's doing the same this week.
That he threatened to win the Australian Open in 2003, even leading at one point of the final round. Peter Lonard eventually won.
UPDATE: On the Gulbis front, here's a Twitter post from her from Friday: "I am cheering for all the guys that Butch Harmon teaches, Nick Watney, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, what a group!!!!" No mention of Barnes. Decide for yourself what this means.
-- John Strege