Gordon Brand Jnr, the Scottish Ryder Cup player and multiple European Tour winner, has died at the age of 60.

The Kirkcaldy-born golfer won eight-times on the European Tour between 1982 and 1993 and played in the 1987 and 1989 Ryder Cups, the first of which saw Europe win on American soil for the first time in the biennial event's history.

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Brand Jnr, who was working at the recent Open Championship as a radio broadcaster, played in 18 Opens himself with his best finish being a share of fifth at Muirfield in 1992.

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His final professional victory came in 2013 on the European Senior Tour and he was still active on the over-50s circuit as recently as last month before his untimely passing.

Sam Torrance, Brand's Ryder Cup playing partner at the Belfry, expressed his sadness at the news, saying on Twitter: "Heart broken to hear of the passing of Gordon Brand Jnr one of my dearest friends for over 40 years, I will miss you RIP."