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Golf mourns Ryder veteran Panton

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Panton was a veteran of three Ryder Cup campaigns

Tributes have been paid to former British Ryder Cup star John Panton MBE, who has died aged 92.

The Scot, who was born in Pitlochry, represented Britain and Ireland in the 1951, 1953 and 1961 Ryder Cups.

Peter Dawson, secretary of The Royal and Ancient, said: "John Panton was a magnificent golfer, a model professional and a true gentleman."

The Professional Golfers' Association said Panton was one of the greatest golfers Scotland has produced.

Panton, who was the oldest surviving Ryder Cup star, won the British Match Play Championship in 1956 and finished fifth in the Open Championship in the same year.

The Perthshire golfer also played 12 times for Scotland in the World Cup.

European Tour board of directors chairman Neil Coles said Panton was the last of that generation.

"I played with John in my first Ryder Cup in 1961 so I have a lot of very fond memories of him," he told the European Tour website.

"He was a very nice man, a quiet man but very well respected throughout the game."

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