Bio

After more than 15 years in sports television and 17 titles under his belt, Ian Baker-Finch is highly regarded as one of the most popular and successful golfers and golf commentators, known for his easy-going manner and his love for the sport.

 

ON THE COURSE

Ian Baker-Finch worked his way up in the professional golf world from his beginnings in a small farming town in Australia, where he earned a number of junior golf titles before the age of 15. He then qualified for the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he won his first Tour event in 1983 at the New Zealand Open. In doing so, he qualified for the 1984 British Open at St. Andrews where he surprised the world with a lead after the first three rounds.

Multiple victories in Australia, Europe, and Japan followed before he joined the PGA Tour as a rookie in 1989. Ian won the Colonial Invitational that year and The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1991. He also represented Australia many times during his playing career including at the World Cup in 1985, World Tours Championships from 1985-1991, and the Dunhill Cup in 1989 and 1992.

In 1996, Ian served as fellow Australian Peter Thomson’s Co-Captain for the International President’s Cup Team. Gary Player then appointed Ian as Assistant Captain for his International Teams in South Africa in 2003, in Virginia in 2005, and again in Montreal in 2007. Ian regards those four weeks as some of the most memorable times in his career, representing his country alongside so many of the world’s greats.

More recently, Ian served as Golf Team Leader for both the men’s and women’s Australian Olympic golf teams for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first Olympics in 100 years for the sport.

 

OFF THE COURSE

Ian Baker-Finch is not only a world class player on the course, but off the course too. After his retirement in 1997, Ian decided to use his knowledge of golf and love of the game to work for Australian and US television networks as an expert golf analyst. In 2007 he joined the popular CBS golf team on their PGA Tour coverage, which includes The Masters and US PGA Championship, and where he remains today.

In addition to his 20 years in sports television, Ian has channelled his love of golf into becoming a highly sought-after golf course designer. His group, Baker-Finch Design, has created golf courses around the world, including the famous “Desert Course” at Arabian Ranches in Dubai. Ian often describes his work designing that course as a proud moment in his expansive golf career.

Ian’s passion for the game of golf is constantly pushing him to advocate for its growth within Australia and around the world. He’s involved in numerous charities across the globe, has become a sought-after corporate presenter and golf day host, and serves as a Director of the PGA Tour of Australasia. In 2017, Ian also joined the team at easyGolf Worldwide travel & tours as an ambassador.