Baker-Finch named as captain again for Tokyo 2020

There are few better Australian ambassadors for golf than former Open champion Ian Baker-Finch.

So it is hardly surprising that Golf Australia is cashing in on his popularity by again choosing ‘IBF’ to captain Australia’s Olympic team at next year’s Games in Tokyo.

Ian Baker-Finch Ian Baker-Finch (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Now 59, Baker-Finch filled the role with distinction in Rio in 2016 when golf became an Olympic sport for the first time in 112 years.

His experience as leader of both the men’s and women’s teams was crucial as Australia came within touching distance of the medals in both competitions.

Baker-Finch, the Open champion at Royal Birkdale in 1991, was thrilled to be offered the captaincy again.

“Representing your country at the Olympics is not only a huge honour, but I believe the pinnacle of world sport,” he said.

“In talking to our potential representatives; I know they’re all incredibly excited to have the chance to be considered to come to Tokyo in the green and gold.

“Last time we had Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend – and I know they all had the experience of a lifetime.

“We can’t wait to see who’ll get the chance next year, but I’m sure they’ll all do the country proud.”

Baker –Finch will have multiple Ladies European Tour winner Stacey Peters as his women’s team deputy and Golf Australia high performance general manager Brad James to help look after the men’s side.

Based on current rankings, Australia will be sending two male and two female athletes to compete at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, which will host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July and August next year.

If there are more than two Australian athletes ranked inside the top 15 at the 2020 cut-off date – June 22 for men, and June 29 for women – that number, up to a maximum of four players, will be eligible to compete.

Golf Australia will nominate their final team on July 2 with a final team selection to be announced shortly afterwards.