Residence: Brighton, England
Michael ‘Cambo’ Campbell is of Maori descent and grew up in the small New Zealand town of Hawera. He caddied for his father before taking up the great game himself at the age of 10. He turned Pro in 1993 and first hit the headlines when leading the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews after 3 rounds – eventually tying for 3rd place. He ended that year a superb 4th on the European Tour Order of Merit, but it was 10 years later before his name was really up in lights.
He had originally intended to miss the 2005 US Open at Pinehurst but decided to file a last-minute application to play and scraped into one of the exempt spots. The rest as they say is history. ‘Cambo’ held off a charging Tiger Woods on the back nine to take his first Major Championship. He was the first New Zealander to win a Major since Bob Charles in 1963 Such was significance of his achievement back home; the start of the New Zealand Parliament was delayed whilst ministers followed his progress over the closing holes! In the same year, he went on to win his second HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth overcoming Paul McGinley 2&1 in a tense final. Not surprisingly, was named 2005 European Tour Golfer of the Year and given Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in recognition of his US Open triumph.
Michael’s 2008 season did not get going until the last third. 4 top-10’s in 5 weeks - including back to back 3rd places - turned what was going to be a poor season round. He made over €300,000 in these 5 weeks and only won €430,000 all year that resulted in a 55th place finish on the European Tour Order of Merit.
Michael Campbell Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Michael Campbell throughout his career
Michael Campbell Tournament History
2007 World Golf Championship - CA Championship
22-25 March - WGC - CA Championship - Doral Golf Resort and Spa - Blue Monster Course. Tiger Woods bagged another $1.35m for his two-shot win over Ryder Cup team mate Brett Wetterich at the Blue Monster Course at the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida between 22nd-25th March 2007. No one ever got closer than three shots to Tiger on the final afternoon. The World Golf Championships are played over five continents – and feature the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Rankings along with top finishers on the money lists of six Tours comprising the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Australasian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Southern Africa Tour). The formats vary - match play, strokeplay and team - but the purses are always big! The WGC CA Championship is the fifth tournament Woods has won at least three times in a row.
In Michael Campbell's bag...With 2 drivers in his bag - both Callaway Big Bertha Fusion FT-5s - this close-up of Cambo's bag was obviously during one of the practice rounds at Doral. Clearly visible are his Callaway X-Tour irons and Callaway Forged + Wedges
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