With his distinctive Australian accent, incredible knowledge of the game, and an Open Championship highlighting his impressive résumé, Ian Baker-Finch has become one of the most popular and recognizable voices in golf, through his work on CBS Sports.
Ian Baker-Finch, the youngest of six children, grew up on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia, and played all sports, falling in love with golf at an early age. Inspired by the teaching of Jack Nicklaus, especially his best-selling book “Golf My Way,” Baker-Finch’s game quickly developed and by the age of 18 he turned professional in 1979. Then, less than a year after winning his first Tour event at 23, Baker-Finch sent a message to the golf world when he led the 1984 British Open at St Andrews after three rounds. It was a precursor of sort, as Baker-Finch was a major champion seven year later when he won the 1991 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Multiple victories in Australia, Europe and Japan followed, before he joined the PGA TOUR in 1989—the year he won the prestigious Colonial Invitational. He also represented Australia at the World Cup in 1985, World Tours Championships from 1985 to 1991, and the Dunhill Cup in 1989 and 1992.
In 1996, Baker-Finch served as fellow Australian Peter Thomson’s Assistant Captain for the International Presidents Cup Team. Gary Player appointed Ian as Assistant Captain again for The Presidents Cup matches in 2003, 2005, and 2007.
After winning 17 titles on all four major tours, Baker-Finch retired from full-time competition in 1997, and for the last 20 years has dedicated his time and talent to television as a golf analyst. As one of the most popular members of the CBS Sports team, Baker-Finch serves a vital role for the network’s coverage of the PGA TOUR, the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship.
Outside of television and some global golf course design, Baker-Finch is a corporate presenter and event host. A Life Member of the PGA of Australia, Baker-Finch is a passionate advocate for the continued growth of the game worldwide, and is a Life Member and former Director of the PGA Tour of Australia.
Baker-Finch was recognized by his home country as a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was appointed Golf Team Leader for the men’s and women’s Australian Olympic golf teams for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.