|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Michael Shane Campbell|
23 February 1969 |
Hawera, New Zealand
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Wellington, New Zealand
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1994)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||7|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1996, 2001-04, 2006-10|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2005|
|The Open Championship||T3: 1995|
|PGA Championship||T6: 2005|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit
Player of the Year
Michael Shane Campbell, CNZM (born 23 February 1969) is a New Zealand 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. He is a member of the European Tour.
Ethnically, he is predominantly Māori, from the Ngati Ruanui (father's side) and Nga Rauru (mother's side) iwi. He also has some Scottish ancestry, being a great-great-great-grandson of Logan Campbell, a Scottish emigrant to New Zealand.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Breakthrough year, 2005
- 3 Match play champion
- 4 Amateur wins (2)
- 5 Professional wins (15)
- 6 Major championships
- 7 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Campbell was born in Hawera, 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 Hawera.
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 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. Not long after that Open, he developed wrist problems, resulting in a dramatic drop in form, and did not fully recover until 1998.
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 in during the 1999/2000 season.
Campbell, wife Julie and sons Thomas and Jordan primarily reside in Sydney, Australia, which is Julie's hometown.
Breakthrough year, 2005
The year 2005 started out as if it would be a disaster year for Campbell, however in the end, it developed into the peak of his career. He never made the cut in his first five 2005 tournaments, averaging 75 strokes in the first rounds of each of those tournaments. Then suddenly, there was a turnaround and he 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.
And then there was the 2005 US Open. In order to make it to Pinehurst, Campbell had to go through sectional qualifying. He took advantage of the fact that the United States Golf Association, the organizers of the U.S. Open, had 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, 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 consolidated his new status as one of the world's top contenders when he tied for 6th in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, won by Phil Mickelson. It has long been said that the cream rises to the top in majors, and this was no exception, with eight of the top 10 finishers having previously won a major.
On 29 October 2005, Campbell was awarded with the Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour for his U.S. Open win.
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 again displayed his consistency, plus several patches of brilliance, when he won the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. He disposed of 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. 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's form subsequently slumped, and he 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 a surprise turnaround, 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).
Amateur wins (2)
- 1992 Australian Amateur, New South Wales Amateur
Professional wins (15)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Jun 2005||U.S. Open||E (71-69-71-69=280)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
European Tour wins (8)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||11 Nov 1999||Johnnie Walker Classic||–12 (66-71-69-70=276)||1 stroke||Geoff Ogilvy|
|2||30 Jan 2000||Heineken Classic||–20 (68-69-65-66=268)||6 strokes||Thomas Bjørn|
|3||1 Oct 2000||Linde German Masters||–19 (68-64-65=197)||1 stroke||José Cóceres|
|4||4 Feb 2001||Heineken Classic||–18 (69-70-67-64=270)||5 strokes||David Smail|
|5||7 Jul 2002||Smurfit European Open||–6 (68-71-70-73=282)||1 stroke|| Bradley Dredge, Retief Goosen,
Pádraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie
|6||27 Jul 2003||Nissan Irish Open||–11 (66-69-71-71=277)||Playoff||Thomas Bjørn, Peter Hedblom|
|7||19 Jun 2005||U.S. Open||E (71-69-71-69=280)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|8||18 Sep 2005||HSBC World Match Play Championship||2&1||Paul McGinley|
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (7)
- 1993 (1) Canon Challenge
- 1995 (1) Alfred Dunhill Masters
- 1999 (1) Johnnie Walker Classic (co-sanctioned with European Tour)
- 2000 (3) New Zealand Open, Ericsson Masters, Heineken Classic (co-sanctioned with European Tour)
- 2001 (1) Heineken Classic (co-sanctioned with European Tour)
Challenge Tour wins (3)
- 1994 (3) Memorial Olivier Barras, Bank Austria Open, Audi Quattro Trophy
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2005||U.S. Open||4 shot deficit||E (71-69-71-69=280)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T3||DQ||DNP||T66||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T23||CUT||T53||T20||T5||T35||T57||T51||WD|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
DQ = Disqualified
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
|The Open Championship||0||0||1||2||2||4||15||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2004 Open Championship – 2005 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2005 U.S. Open – 2005 PGA)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R16||R64||R64||R64||DNP||R64||R64|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing New Zealand): 1992 (winners)
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing New Zealand): 1995, 1999, 2000
- World Cup (representing New Zealand): 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003
- Presidents Cup (International Team): 2000, 2005
- "Campbell takes Wentworth victory". BBC Sport. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
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- Michael Campbell at the European Tour official site
- Michael Campbell at the PGA Tour official site
- Michael Campbell at the Official World Golf Ranking official site