• Age
    58
  • Turned Pro
    1979
  • Previous Opens
    14
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1991

Ian Baker-Finch

Ian Baker-Finch was often known simply as “Hyphen” and sometimes as “The Dark Shark”.

Qualification

Ian Baker-Finch is exempt to play in Royal St George's
  • The Dark Shark

    Nickname

  • 1997

    last played the open

Saturday, with nine 3s and an eagle-birdie finish, and a 66 on the Sunday when he made five birdies in the first seven holes while going out in 29.

He beat compatriot Mike Harwood by two strokes. His total of 130 strokes for the last two rounds tied Tom Watson’s effort from Turnberry in 1997 and remains a record. It was a case of third-time lucky for the Australian. Twice before he had been in the final pairing at The Open. In 1984 at St Andrews he was alongside Watson and hit his approach at the first into the Swilcan Burn. He went on to a 79. Six years later on the Old Course he was alongside Nick Faldo, who was never going to be caught. A 73 dropped Baker-Finch into a tie for sixth place.

“In 1984 I was just a 23-year-old kid with starry eyes,” he said at Birkdale. “And last year I learned a lot from the guy who won. I’m a different player now, tougher, stronger and better prepared.” Alas Baker-Finch’s game later began to fade. Returning to St Andrews in 1995, he drove out of bounds on the left of one of the widest fairways in the world. Although as fine a ball-striker as ever playing socially, he eventually retired from tournament golf. He became a respected television commentator and he will manage the Australian golf team when the sport returns to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Qualification

Ian Baker-Finch is exempt to play in Royal St George's
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Troon 1997
WD
92
-
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
M/C
78
84
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1995
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1994
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 1993
70
73
69
67
80
289
-
Muirfield 1992
19
71
71
72
68
282
-
Royal Birkdale 1991
1
71
71
64
66
272
-
St Andrews 1990
6
68
72
64
73
277
-
Royal Troon 1989
30
72
69
70
75
286
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1988
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1987
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1986
M/C
86
69
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 1985
20
71
73
74
70
288
-
St Andrews 1984
9
68
66
71
79
284
-

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