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Old Palm’s Ian Baker-Finch provides commentary at the PGA Championship

August 19, 2015

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Old Palm Golf Club resident and member Ian Baker-Finch is no stranger to performing well on golf’s biggest stages. A winner of 16 tournaments worldwide, Baker-Finch won the 1991 British Open and served as a Presidents Cup co-captain. He was in the spotlight once again as one of the CBS Sports commentators during the recent 2015 PGA Championship. Although Baker-Finch was on camera at times, he was mostly heard off-camera while covering the 17th hole at Whistling Straits, an extraordinary course designed by the famed Pete Dye. “Finchy,” as Baker-Finch is affectionately called on broadcasts, provided in-depth and insightful analysis. The 17th hole, called “Pinched Nerve,” is an intimidating 249-yard Par 3 guarded by numerous sand dunes and Lake Michigan on one side. In fact, it wasn’t until eventual winner Jason Day hit safely on the 17th green that his victory was ensured, even though he had a 3-stroke lead at that point. The hole is that perilous and game changing. Coincidentally, Day and Baker-Finch are both Australians and of course now winners of major tournaments. Baker-Finch wasn’t the only Old Palm resident and member at Whistling Straits. His neighbors, 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel, competed in the tournament, finishing tied for 30th and tied for 37th respectively.  


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