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Ian Baker Finch to make professional return

FormerOpen champion Ian Baker-Finch has revealed he was entering the Australian PGA Championship.

Baker-Finch was four under par through 16 holes while serving as a marker for last-placed Scott Verplank in the final round of the World Golf Championship at Valderrama.

He was brought undone with a 10 at the highly-controversial par 5 17th hole, going into the green-front water three times - but even Tiger Woods found the water three times there during the tournament.

Later the 40-year-old Queenslander confirmed he would play the Australian PGA at Royal Queensland from November 30-December 3 as a one-off home tour outing.

Coincidentally, Baker-Finch's last tournament win was in the 1993 Australian PGA at Sydney's Concord course.

His last big tournament was the 1997 British Open at Royal Troon in Scotland where he withdrew after a horror opening 92 as his awful form slump finally forced him to quit tour golf.

Happy with his job as a commentator for US network ABC, there are no thoughts of a real comeback.

"I work 26 weeks of the year for television - I cannot play as well," Baker-Finch said.

"I'm just happy I had the chance to go out there and I played very nicely. It's very encouraging." Verplank relished the experience of playing with Baker-Finch again.

"I have talked to Ian a lot over the years but to be honest he played better than I did today, Verplank said.

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