Playing Career

Throughout the span of his 18 year playing career, Ian Baker-Finch had many different highlights, moments, and championships that defined him as a professional golfer. Starting from a small, farming town in Australia, he worked his way up in the professional golf world through moments like representing Australia in the World Cup in 1985, taking part in the World Tour Championships 1985-1991, and many more.

At 15, Ian had already won countless junior golf titles – including the Gary Player Classic and two Queensland School Boys’ titles. It was at that age that he decided he wanted to pursue a career in professional golf. In 1979, Ian began his professional tour on the PGA TOUR of Australasia. While on the Tour, he won his first professional championship in 1983 at the New Zealand Open. From there, he won the Scandinavian Enterprise Open in 1985, represented Australia in the World Cup that same year, and won various other titles through 1989 when he joined the PGA TOUR.

Ian’s playing career only grew from joining the TOUR. He won his first TOUR title in 1989 at the Southwestern Bell Colonial, as well as winning the Colonial Invitational that year as well. Ian finished 16th on the TOUR money list in 1990 and clenched the two coveted titles in 1991 – The British Open and The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. After 17 titles on all four major tours, Ian retired from competitive play in 1997.