Michael Campbell

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Michael Campbell
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Personal information
Full nameMichael Shane Campbell
Born (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 52)
Hāwera, New Zealand
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
NationalityFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Residence Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia
Children2
Career
Turned professional1993
Former tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (1994–2013)
Professional wins15
Highest ranking 12 (27 May 2001) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour8
Asian Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia7
Challenge Tour3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament CUT: 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
PGA Championship T6: 2005
U.S. Open Won: 2005
The Open Championship T3: 1995
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit
1999/2000
European Tour
Player of the Year
2005

Michael Shane Campbell CNZM (born 23 February 1969) is a New Zealand professional golfer who is best known for having won the 2005 U.S. Open and the richest prize in golf, the £1,000,000 HSBC World Match Play Championship, in the same year. [2] He played on the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.

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Ethnically, he is predominantly Māori, from the Ngāti Ruanui (father's side) and Ngā Rauru (mother's side) iwi. [3] He also has some Scottish ancestry, being a great-great-great-grandson of John Logan Campbell, a Scottish emigrant to New Zealand.

He is also co-founder of the Project Litefoot Trust, which is helping New Zealand community sports clubs reduce their environmental impact, while saving money for sport. [4]

Profile

Campbell was born in Hāwera, Taranaki. As a young child, he lived near his mother's Wai-o-Turi marae at Whenuakura, just south of Patea, and also spent much of his time with whanau at his father's Taiporohenui marae, near Hāwera.

Like many young New Zealand boys, Campbell dreamed of playing for the All Blacks, and began playing rugby union, but his mother vetoed his participation. While he was talented at several other sports, such as softball, squash and table tennis, his passion turned out to be golf.

At age of seven, he began playing golf on the Patea golf course which had the greens fenced to keep sheep off them. He was introduced to the game by an uncle, Roger Rei, but was also undoubtedly influenced by his father, Tom Campbell, who was a single-figure handicapper. The family moved south to Titahi Bay and Campbell developed his skills in junior ranks at Paraparaumu. He attended school at Mana College but left without any qualifications.

From 1988, Campbell represented New Zealand in various international amateur competitions, including the team victory at the 1992 Eisenhower Trophy, before turning professional in 1993. Two years later, in his first full season on the European Tour, he held a two-shot lead after the third round of The Open Championship, but faded after a final-round 76. He nonetheless remained in contention until the final hole, missing a playoff with Costantino Rocca and John Daly (eventually won by Daly) by one stroke.

Campbell eventually established himself as a solid tour performer, finishing fourth on the European Tour Order of Merit (money list) in 2000, and again finishing in the top ten of the Order of Merit in 2002. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit during the 1999/2000 season. Campbell wife Julie and his sons Thomas and Jordan primarily reside in Sydney, Australia, which is Julie's hometown.

In the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours, Campbell was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to golf. [5]

Breakthrough year, 2005

Michael Campbell holding U.S. Open Trophy Michael Campbell holding U.S. Open Trophy.jpg
Michael Campbell holding U.S. Open Trophy
Michael Campbell walks to the 12th tee at the 2007 KLM Open. MichaelCampbell.jpg
Michael Campbell walks to the 12th tee at the 2007 KLM Open.

Campbell failed to make the cut in his first five 2005 tournaments. He made a quick turnaround and missed only one cut in the next 16 tournaments. He finished in the top six of both the Open Championship and PGA Championship, and recorded top-five placings in three other tournaments.

Campbell qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying. The USGA introduced European qualifying for the first time, which took place at Walton Heath. He had to sink a 6-foot birdie putt on the last hole of qualifying to secure his place in the U.S. Open.

In the tournament itself, Campbell ended the third round four strokes behind Retief Goosen, the event's defending champion. On the final day, Goosen ballooned to an 81. Campbell shot 69 (1 under par) for the final round and was the only golfer in the last two pairings of the day to break 80. Campbell's main competition turned out to be Tiger Woods, [6] who at one point closed to within one shot of Campbell.

In the end, Woods was undone by bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, and Campbell won his first major by two shots, carding an even par of 280. With his win, he became only the second New Zealander to win a major (after Bob Charles), and also the first winner of the U.S. Open since Steve Jones in 1996 who had entered the event via sectional qualifying.

Two months later, in August, Campbell finished in a tie for 6th in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, won by Phil Mickelson.

On 29 October 2005, Campbell was awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour for his U.S. Open win. In the 2006 New Year Honours, Campbell was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to golf. [7]

Among his many New Zealand television appearances in 2008 was a cameo role in an episode of sports skit comedy show Pulp Sport .

Match play champion

In September 2005, Campbell won the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. [2] He defeated Australian Geoff Ogilvy (1-up) before being taken to the 37th hole by another Australian, Steve Elkington, in the quarter-final.

In the semi-final he faced Retief Goosen who the previous day had recorded a 12 and 11 win over Mark Hensby. Campbell defeated Goosen 7 and 6 and the next day beat Irishman Paul McGinley 2 and 1 in the final to take the championship and win the £1,000,000 richest prize in golf. [8] He became only the fourth golfer to win the U.S. Open and the World Match Play titles in the same year, and the win moved him to the top of the European Order of Merit, ahead of Goosen. He finished the year ranked second on the Order of Merit.

Campbell had no top-10 finishes on the European Tour between 2009 and September 2012, although his U.S. Open win meant he retained his playing rights. In 2012 he moved first to Switzerland and then to southern Spain, where he has since been the brand ambassador for a golf resort and opened a golf academy. [2] In October 2012, he finished third in the Portugal Masters, and in December he finished 8th in the Hong Kong Open (both European tour events). He retired from golf in 2015, citing an ankle injury and personal issues. [9]

Comeback

In December 2017, Campbell revealed in an interview with bunkered magazine that he was planning to make a European Tour comeback in 2018 with a view to playing on the Staysure Tour and PGA Tour Champions when he turns 50 in February 2019. [10] He is automatically qualified for the U.S. Senior Open from 2019 until 2028 as all former U.S. Open champions are exempt from qualifying for ten years. [11] He was unable to play in the New Zealand Open as planned, having aggravated an old injury to a tendon in his left ankle during training. [9]

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (1)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (0)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
119 Jun 2005 U.S. Open E (71-69-71-69=280)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

European Tour wins (8)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (7)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
114 Nov 1999
(2000 season)
Johnnie Walker Classic 1,2−12 (66-71-69-70=276)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Ogilvy
230 Jan 2000 Heineken Classic 1−20 (68-69-65-66=268)6 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn
31 Oct 2000 Linde German Masters −19 (68-64-65=197)*1 stroke Flag of Argentina.svg José Cóceres
44 Feb 2001 Heineken Classic 1(2)−18 (69-70-67-64=270)5 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg David Smail
57 Jul 2002 Smurfit European Open −6 (68-71-70-73=282)1 stroke Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bradley Dredge, Flag of South Africa.svg Retief Goosen,
Flag of Ireland.svg Pádraig Harrington, Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lawrie
627 Jul 2003 Nissan Irish Open −11 (66-69-71-71=277)Playoff Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn, Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Hedblom
719 Jun 2005 U.S. Open E (71-69-71-69=280)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
818 Sep 2005 HSBC World Match Play Championship 2 & 1 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGinley

*Note: The 2000 Linde German Masters was shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather.
1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
2Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
1 2003 Nissan Irish Open Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn, Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Hedblom Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
114 Nov 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic 1−12 (66-71-69-70=276)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Ogilvy

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (7)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
128 Feb 1993 Canon Challenge −16 (70-65-65-72=272)3 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Conran
25 Nov 1995 Alfred Dunhill Masters −21 (69-65-68-65=267)5 strokes Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Mouland, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry
314 Nov 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic 1,2−12 (66-71-69-70=276)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Ogilvy
423 Jan 2000 Crown Lager New Zealand Open −15 (69-67-69-64=269)Playoff Flag of New Zealand.svg Craig Perks
530 Jan 2000 Heineken Classic 1−20 (68-69-65-66=268)6 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn
613 Feb 2000 Ericsson Masters −10 (75-67-67-73=282)4 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brett Rumford
74 Feb 2001 Heineken Classic 1(2)−18 (69-70-67-64=270)5 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg David Smail

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
2Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2000 Crown Lager New Zealand Open Flag of New Zealand.svg Craig Perks Won with eagle on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
126 Jun 1994 Memorial Olivier Barras −10 (67-67-72=206)3 strokes Ulster Banner.svg Raymond Burns
23 Jul 1994 Bank Austria Open −12 (71-68-68-69=276)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Stuart Cage
314 Aug 1994 Audi Quattro Trophy −21 (67-67-66-67=267)2 strokes Ulster Banner.svg Raymond Burns

Playoff record

Other playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
12001 WGC-World Cup
(with Flag of New Zealand.svg David Smail)
Flag of Denmark.svg  DenmarkThomas Bjørn and Søren Hansen,
Flag of South Africa.svg  South AfricaRetief Goosen and Ernie Els,
Flag of the United States.svg  United StatesDavid Duval and Tiger Woods
South Africa won with par on second extra hole
New Zealand and United States eliminated by birdie on first hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2005 U.S. Open 4 shot deficitE (71-69-71-69=280)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

Results timeline

Tournament199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T32
The Open Championship CUTT3DQT66CUT
PGA Championship T17CUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open T12CUTCUTCUTCUT 1 CUTT58CUTCUT
The Open Championship CUTT23CUTT53T20T5T35T57T51WD
PGA Championship CUTCUTT23T69T49T6CUTCUTT42CUT
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUTCUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

DQ = Disqualified
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000000100
U.S. Open 100112154
The Open Championship 001224159
PGA Championship 000013126
Totals1013495219

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
The Players Championship T71T15T11DQCUTCUTCUTWD
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament20002001200220032004200520062007
Match Play R64R16R64R64R64R64R64
Championship 9NT1T9T6866T46T2271
Invitational T15T31T11T716817T46

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 Garrity, John (15 May 2014). "Winning the 2005 U.S. Open made Michael Campbell New Zealand's greatest sportsman until the weight of superstardom closed in". golf.com.
  3. Smith, Tony (12 February 2021). "Māori Sports Awards: Lisa Carrington judged most influential Māori sports star since 1991". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
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  11. "Campbell announces retirement from golf". PGA European Tour. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
Awards
Preceded by
Hamish Carter
New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Mahé Drysdale
Preceded by
Sarah Ulmer
Halberg Awards – Supreme Award
2005