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1960 Ian Baker-FinchIan Michael Baker-Finch is born in Nambour, Queensland. After mulitple wins on the PGA, European, Japan and Australasian Tours, Baker-Finch won the Open Championship in 1991 at Royal Birkdale by two shots from Mike Harwood, closing with rounds of 64 and 66. Following this victory his game began to falter, and he made unsuccessful swing changes which compounded the problem, rapidly becoming psychological. In the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews, playing with Arnold Palmer, who was making his final appearance at The Open and as a result followed by large crowds, Baker-Finch hooked his opening tee shot so badly that it went out of bounds through the fence on the far side of the adjoining 18th. He finally withdrew from tournament golf in 1997 after shooting 92 in the first round of The Open at Royal Troon, and focussed instead on golf course design and commentating.

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