Ian Baker-Finch

1991 / Royal Birkdale

Ian Baker-Finch set a new course record for Royal Birkdale with a 64 in the third round, which he promptly lost the next day when Jodie Mudd became the fifth player in The Open to score a 63.

But the Australian won something much more special, as the 30-year-old lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale following a devastating display of putting over the weekend.

Seve Ballesteros opened with a 66 but could not keep his challenge going and it was Baker-Finch, after two quiet rounds of 71, who played spectacular golf when it mattered.

On Saturday, when Richard Boxall had the misfortune to break his leg while hitting his drive at the ninth, Baker-Finch recored nine 3s and finished with an eagle and a birdie to tie for the lead with Mark O’Meara, winner of the 1987 Lawrence Batley tournament at Birkdale.

Baker-Finch had twice before been in the final round of The Open, both times at St Andrews. In 1984 he hit his approach into the Swilcan Burn at the first on the way to a 79, while in 1990 he had a 73 as Nick Faldo cruised to victory.

This time the Australian was ready to win. He picked up where he had left off the previous day by starting the final round with five birdies in the first seven holes.

He went out in 29 and went on to beat fellow Aussie Mike Harwood by two strokes, with Americans O’Meara and Fred Couples sharing third place. With a closing 66, Baker-Finch equalled Tom Watson’s record of 130 strokes for the last 36 holes set in 1977.

“All the times I didn’t go on and win made me stronger,” Baker-Finch said. “Today erases all those memories. Just to play in The Open is fantastic, to win it is a dream.”

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Ian BAKER-FINCH
1
71
71
64
66
272
-
Mike HARWOOD
2
68
70
69
67
274
-
Fred COUPLES
3
72
69
70
64
275
-
3
71
68
67
69
275
-
Jodie MUDD
5
72
70
72
63
277
-
Bob TWAY
5
75
66
70
66
277
-
Eamonn DARCY
5
73
68
66
70
277
-
Craig PARRY
8
71
70
69
68
278
-
9
66
73
69
71
279
-
Bernhard LANGER
9
71
71
70
67
279
-
9
74
68
71
66
279
-
Roger CHAPMAN
12
74
66
71
69
280
-
Vijay SINGH
12
71
69
69
71
280
-
David WILLIAMS
12
74
71
68
67
280
-
Rodger DAVIS
12
70
71
73
66
280
-
Magnus SUNESSON
12
72
73
68
67
280
-
Andrew SHERBORNE
17
73
70
68
70
281
-
17
71
72
71
67
281
-
Peter SENIOR
17
74
67
71
69
281
-
Chip BECK
17
67
78
70
66
281
-
Mark MOULAND
17
68
74
68
71
281
-
Ian WOOSNAM
17
70
72
69
70
281
-
Barry LANE
17
68
72
71
70
281
-
17
68
75
70
68
281
-
Paul BROADHURST
17
71
73
68
69
281
-
Colin MONTGOMERIE
26
71
69
71
71
282
-
Eduardo ROMERO
26
70
73
68
71
282
-
26
69
72
72
69
282
-
Wayne GRADY
26
69
70
73
70
282
-
Mike REID
26
68
71
70
73
282
-
Mark JAMES
26
72
68
70
72
282
-
Christy O'CONNOR JR
32
72
71
71
69
283
-
Mike MILLER
32
73
74
67
69
283
-
Steven RICHARDSON
32
74
70
72
67
283
-
Gary HALLBERG
32
68
70
73
72
283
-
Payne STEWART
32
72
72
71
68
283
-
Gordon BRAND JR
32
71
72
69
71
283
-
Anders FORSBRAND
38
71
72
73
68
284
-
Curtis STRANGE
38
70
73
69
72
284
-
Martin POXON
38
71
72
67
74
284
-
Jim PAYNE
38
72
72
70
70
284
-
Peter O'MALLEY
38
72
71
70
71
284
-
Nolan HENKE
38
77
71
66
70
284
-
Jamie SPENCE
44
70
73
70
72
285
-
Costantino ROCCA
44
68
73
70
74
285
-
Tom KITE
44
77
71
68
69
285
-
Des SMYTH
44
71
73
73
68
285
-
Donnie HAMMOND
44
70
75
67
73
285
-
Davis LOVE III
44
71
72
69
73
285
-
Fulton ALLEM
44
70
72
71
72
285
-
Steve ELKINGTON
44
71
68
76
70
285
-
Robert GAMEZ
44
71
72
72
70
285
-
44
70
75
69
71
285
-
44
69
72
73
71
285
-
Sam TORRANCE
44
72
76
70
67
285
-
Graham MARSH
44
69
73
72
71
285
-
Gavin LEVENSON
57
72
73
73
68
286
-
Tim SIMPSON
57
72
72
72
70
286
-
Hale IRWIN
57
74
70
73
69
286
-
Scott SIMPSON
57
74
72
70
70
286
-
57
75
71
69
71
286
-
Jose RIVERO
57
74
73
68
71
286
-
Andrew MAGEE
57
71
74
69
72
286
-
64
79
67
68
73
287
-
Gil MORGAN
64
72
74
74
67
287
-
Steve JONES
64
70
77
71
69
287
-
Jay Don BLAKE
64
75
73
72
67
287
-
Steve PATE
64
73
72
74
68
287
-
Miguel MARTIN
64
71
75
71
70
287
-
Mike MCLEAN
64
71
75
72
69
287
-
Mark MCNULTY
64
76
71
70
70
287
-
Andrew OLDCORN
64
71
67
77
72
287
-
Brett OGLE
73
73
75
66
74
288
-
Tony JOHNSTONE
73
69
74
71
74
288
-
Peter JACOBSEN
73
75
72
68
73
288
-
Frank NOBILO
73
74
74
71
69
288
-
Martin GATES
73
67
75
73
73
288
-
73
77
67
73
71
288
-
Lanny WADKINS
73
71
75
71
71
288
-
Santiago LUNA
80
67
77
72
73
289
-
80
74
74
72
69
289
-
Daniel SILVA
80
73
71
75
70
289
-
Fuzzy ZOELLER
80
72
72
75
70
289
-
Ben CRENSHAW
80
71
75
72
71
289
-
Howard CLARK
80
71
69
73
76
289
-
John BLAND
80
71
76
71
71
289
-
Danny MIJOVIC
80
70
72
74
73
289
-
Malcolm MACKENZIE
80
71
73
74
71
289
-
David GILFORD
80
72
67
73
77
289
-
Mark BROOKS
80
73
74
70
72
289
-
Jose Maria OLAZABAL
80
74
67
74
74
289
-
Peter TERAVAINEN
92
71
72
72
75
290
-
Rick GIBSON
92
73
75
70
72
290
-
Brian MARCHBANK
92
72
73
75
70
290
-
Patrick HALL
95
77
71
72
71
291
-
Peter HEDBLOM
96
74
74
73
71
292
-
Peter ALLAN
96
70
71
75
76
292
-
John HOSKISON
96
74
73
74
71
292
-
Carl SUNESON
96
69
77
69
77
292
-
Alastair WEBSTER
96
73
74
73
72
292
-
101
74
74
73
73
294
-
Magnus PERSSON
101
77
71
74
72
294
-
Craig STADLER
101
77
71
74
72
294
-
John MORSE
101
73
71
77
73
294
-
Chris MOODY
101
74
71
78
71
294
-
Jeff SLUMAN
101
71
71
75
77
294
-
Stephen MCALLISTER
107
79
69
70
77
295
-
Eoghan O'CONNELL
108
74
74
74
75
297
-
Robin MANN
108
73
74
75
75
297
-
John OATES
110
77
71
76
75
299
-
Paul MAYO
110
71
74
71
83
299
-
Neal BRIGGS
112
73
74
77
76
300
-
Richard BOXALL
Wd
71
69
-
-
-
M/C
Robert ALLENBY
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Kenny PERRY
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tony CHARNLEY
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Corey PAVIN
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Philip WALTON
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Marc FARRY
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Simon TOWNEND
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
Jean VAN DE VELDE
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jimmy HEGGARTY
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
79
-
-
-
M/C
Larry MIZE
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jim RUTLEDGE
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Jose Maria CANIZARES
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
John HAWKSWORTH
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
Adam J HUNTER
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
David FROST
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Mats LANNER
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Henry ROBLIN
M/C
71
80
-
-
-
M/C
Rocco MEDIATE
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Masahiro KURAMOTO
M/C
71
80
-
-
-
M/C
Ryoken KAWAGISHI
M/C
71
81
-
-
-
M/C
Peter SMITH
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Lucien TINKLER
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Greg TURNER
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew COLTART
M/C
73
80
-
-
-
M/C
Yago BEAMONTE
M/C
72
81
-
-
-
M/C
Gary EVANS
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Glyn KRAUSE
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
Manuel PINERO
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
David GRAHAM
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
80
-
-
-
M/C
Sandy STEPHEN
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
David FEHERTY
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Miguel FERNANDEZ
M/C
81
73
-
-
-
M/C
Rolf MUNTZ
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Jonathan WILSHIRE
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Fredrik LINDGREN
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Mark ROE
M/C
73
82
-
-
-
M/C
Craig CORRIGAN
M/C
76
80
-
-
-
M/C
Mikael HOGBERG
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Ray FLOYD
M/C
80
78
-
-
-
M/C
Ronald GREGAN
M/C
79
87
-
-
-
M/C
NR
79
-
-
-
-
M/C

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