Baker-Finch Drops Out of New Zealand Open


A back injury has forced Ian Baker-Finch to withdraw from this week's New Zealand Open. The 1983 champion was set to tee it up in the first round with Phil Tataurangi and Michael Long. Australian Damian Chatterly, the first reserve, is likely to take Baker-Finch's place in the field.
Baker-Finch missed the cut in his most recent start on the ANZ Tour at last month's Australian PGA at Royal Queensland. He has limited his playing time in the last few years devoting most of his time to broadcasting.