DEFENDING CHAMP: Ian Baker-Finch in action during the PGA of Australia Legends Tour Championship event at Byron Bay last year.
DEFENDING CHAMP: Ian Baker-Finch in action during the PGA of Australia Legends Tour Championship event at Byron Bay last year.

Baker-Finch to defend his Legends title at Byron Bay

DEFENDING champion Ian Baker-Finch will face tougher competition at the PGA of Australia Legends Tour Championship eventat Byron Bay next month.

The former British Open winner and PGA Tour player had a comfortable six-stroke win when he competed for the first time at Byron Bay last year.

The event usually clashes with another senior championship event in Europe.

It won't this year with the European event not on the calendar when the three-day tournament at the Byron Bay Golf Club tees off on December 18.

"It's a high-class field and the best we've had for a while," Byron Bay club professional Greg Stewart said.

"It's a stand-alone event with most of the guys who usually play in Europe coming this year.

It's fantastic to have Ian again; he said last year he would be back.

 

"He's a well-regarded player who's won a major and become a well-respected commentator in the sport."

Peter Senior also returns after winning the event when he last played at Byron Bay in 2010.

Other major names include Rodger Davis, Peter Fowler, Mike Harwood, Bob Shearer, Terry Gale and past winners David Merriman and Noel Ratcliffe.

Amateur entries have closed with 63 professionals already entered and another 10 expected.

The first two days is the pro-am part of the tournament with the final day set aside just for the pros.

"The card is pretty well full and it's just a case of us counting down to the event now," Stewart said.

"We don't charge entry and it's a great opportunity for people to get up close and see some of the all-time greats of the game.

"It's also exciting because it's the final round of the tour, which means final placings and the order of merit could be decided on the day."



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