- Son of a farmer.
- Turned pro on the PGA of Australasia Tour in 1979.
- Won on all four major tours, including the PGA, European, Japan and Australasian Tours.
- Won first tournament at the 1983 New Zealand Open.
- Won first European Tour event at the 1985 Scandinavian Enterprise Open.
- Won the 1991 British Open, after posting what was at the time the lowest nine-hole figure ever on the final day of a major championship.
- Nicknamed Finchy, and the Dark Shark, in comparison to fellow Queenslander Greg Norman's nickname, the Great White Shark.
- Went into course-design work, as well as broadcasting, after his golf game declined, working for ABC and CBS.
- Laura Finch — Daughter
- Hayley Finch — Daughter
- Jennie Finch — Wife
- Birth Name: Ian Michael Baker-Finch
- Birth Place: Nambour, Queensland, Australia
- Profession: Golf analyst
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