IAN BAKER-FINCH will make his US Champions Tour debut at the 2011 Toshiba Classic in southern California next week.
The 1991 British Open Champion and now popular CBS golf commentator plans to fit in a number or senior golfing events around his broadcasting schedule.
Baker-Finch turned 50 last October and had his Australian senior golfing debut at the 2010 Handa Australian Senior Open at Royal Perth Golf Club, where he finished tied for 15th.
“I’m looking forward to playing and I’m nervous already,” Baker-Finch said recently.
“That said, it will be lots of fun being back with all my old friends from the old tour days. I have low expectations as it’s been a long time since I’ve been competitive, but I know I’ll have a fun time.”
Baker-Finch had two US PGA Tour victories and 16 worldwide wins before his famous melt-down.
The final field for the US$1.7 million Toshiba Classic, to be played at the Newport Beach Country Club, is yet to be settled but Baker-Finch will most likely be facing the likes of defending champion Fred Couples, former winner Bernhard Langer and fellow Aussie Peter Senior.
The US Champions Tour receives television coverage in Australia on Fox Sports.