Who's who in golf - Ian Baker-Finch

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Name: - Ian Michael Baker-Finch
Country: - Australia
Lived : - Oct 24, 1960 in Nambour, Queensland, Aus.
Original Home/Club: - Nambour, Queensland
Occupation: - Professional golfer; TV commentator; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1979

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). Total professional wins (18), of which Australasian Tr (11), Japan Tr (3), European Tr (2) and US PGA Tr (2).

Golf course design

Baker-Finch's best known work includes, but is not limited to: Arabian Ranches, UAE (2001, with Nicklaus Design); Woodlands course, Bintan Lagoo, Indonesia (1997); Kennedy Bay, nr Perth, Aus (1998, with Michael Coate & Roger Mackay).

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Baker-Finch began his professional career in style. In his first Australasian Tour event, the NZ Open, he recorded his first win. Regular wins on the Australasian Tour, with others in Europe, the US and Japan, culminated in his most memorable win at the 1991 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Rather than his Open Championship victory being a springboard to further success, Baker-Finch's game went into a steady and accelerating decline over the next five years. An excellent game on the practice ground just refused to transfer to the golf course when it was needed. 50 great drives on the range would be followed by a snap-hook on the first tee. After shooting a 92 in the first round of the 1997 Open at Royal Troon, Baker-Finch quit tournament golf.

In place of grinding it out in tournaments, Baker-Finch has become a highly respected television broadcaster in the United States. He has also turned his hand to golf course design (IBF Design).

Top tournaments won by Ian Baker-Finch

1993Men Aus/NZAustralian PGAConcord GC, Aus274x
Played as the Ford Australian PGA Ch'ship. Won by Ian Baker-Finch (Aus). [Concord GC, Sydney, Aus].
1991Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Birkdale272 (-8)£90,000
The Open Championship (120th) (July 18-21). Second-placed Mike Harwood (Aus) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Baker-Finch (Aus). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1989Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex270 (-10)$180,000
Played as the Southwestern Bell Colonial (May 180-21). Second-placed David Edwards (USA) finished 4 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Baker-Finch (Aus). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1988Men Aus/NZAustralian MastersHuntingdale278x
Played as the Australian Masters. Won by Ian Baker-Finch (Aus).
1988Men JapanBridgestone Aso OpenAso GC282 (-6)Yn7.2mill
Played as the Bridgestone Aso Open (Japan Tr event). Second-placed Tadami Ueno (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Baker-Finch (Aus). [Aso GC, Aso, Kumamoto].
1985Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenUllna GC274£21,477
Played as the Scandanavian Enterprise Open. Won by Ian Baker-Finch (Aus).
1983Men Aus/NZNew Zealand OpenRoyal Auckland280 (E)NZ$18,000
Played as the New Zealand Open (Nov 24-27). Second-placed Stuart Reese (NZ) finished 3 shots behind 23-year-old Baker-Finch (Aus), who recorded his first win as a professional. [Auckland GC, Middlemore, Auckland; now known as Royal Auckland & Grange GC, Otahuhu].


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