Baker-Finch fired closing rounds of 64 and 66 to finish two clear of fellow Australian Mike Harwood at Royal Birkdale in 1991 and secure his sole major title in style.
A regular challenger at The Open, he made his Championship debut at St Andrews in 1984, a year after capturing his first professional title at the New Zealand Open, and stunned the golfing world by leading after the second and third rounds.
There was no fairytale ending as he slumped to a closing 79 on the day when Seve Ballesteros out-gunned Tom Watson for arguably his finest-ever victory, but six years later and back at the Home of Golf - with wins on both sides of the Atlantic behind him – Baker-Finch fired a third-round 64 to claim a share of second place.
Nick Faldo triumphed that year, but 12 months on the Queenslander stormed through from 28th place at halfway. He was sixth at The Masters and second at the Players Championship the following season, but then suffered a horrendous slump in fortunes and last appeared in The Open in 1997. He has since carved out a highly successful career as a television commentator and turned 60 in October.