BIG HIT: Former British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch after a tournament on the Sunshine Coast. Baker-Finch will play in the Legends tournament at Byron Bay next week.
BIG HIT: Former British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch after a tournament on the Sunshine Coast. Baker-Finch will play in the Legends tournament at Byron Bay next week. Warren Lynam

Golf: Baker-Finch views for Legends championship

FORMER British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch will have plenty of competition in the Schweppes Australian Legends Tour Championship at Byron Bay next week.

Baker-Finch is a late inclusion and will play in the event for the first time since 2012.

He won it in 2011 before current Australian Masters champion Peter Senior went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.

A shoulder injury denied Senior the chance for a three-peat last year but he will try his luck again next week.

"The fact that they've both played here and won it makes it a pretty special tournament," event organiser Peter Sinclair said.

"There might be some unfinished business for Ian who hasn't played here in a few years.

"He was determined to defend the title in 2012 but things didn't quite go his way.

"It will be the second time Peter (Senior) has been here after winning a major event."

Senior won the Australian Open in the lead-up to the Byron Bay tournament in 2012.

Meanwhile, defending champion David Merriman will be back along with a distinguished field of more than 70 PGA Legends professionals.

Merriman won the inaugural event in 2007 and is usually in the mix on the final day.

Byron Bay professional Greg Stewart will fly the flag for his club.

Stewart is playing for the first time after many years of helping organise the competition.

Matt Crandell is always hard to beat in the amateur section of the tournament on his home course.

Amateur golfers make up a larger part of the field over a busy three-days.

More internationals are expected to be confirmed this week along with competition regulars Mike Harwood, Terry Price and Rodger Davis.

The competition runs for three days starting Friday.

Entry is free with the course open to the public to walk and follow the Legends as they compete.



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