Posted May 14, 2014

Former U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell Pulls Out of Pinehurst

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Michael Campbell of New Zealand reacts after winning the 2005 U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2. (AP Photo)

Michael Campbell, who would have been a defending champion of sorts at the season’s second major at Pinehurst No. 2 next month, has pulled out of the tournament, citing injuries and a recent separation from his wife.

The New Zealander, who won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst but saw his form take a dizzying freefall soon after, has not played since shooting 78-79 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. He posted a brief explanation on his website.

I have had some problems with a tendon in my left ankle that stopped me from playing for 2 to 3 months. The good news is that I am back swinging and now managing to play 18 holes.

On a personal note, I have some sad news. Unfortunately Julie and I have separated. Our children remain our number one focus as we move forwards – as parents first and foremost while remaining both friends and business partners.

As I do not feel that I am either fully physically or mentally ready to play tournament golf at the highest level, after much deliberation, I have decided not to play in the BMW PGA Championship, the US Open or the events in between. I want to get back to my best and I believe this is the best strategy to achieve this.

Campbell has been in the throes of a major slump for most of the last nine years, with his ranking dropping into the low 400s. He recently invited writer John Garrity to his lavish home on Spain’s Costa del Sol for a lengthy profile which appeared in the June issue of Golf Magazine.

“I’ve had time to reflect on what’s happened and think about my future,” Campbell said in the article. “I’m not quitting — competition is my passion, I love kissing a trophy at the end of the week — but twenty years of playing this game at the highest level takes its toll, physically and mentally. I’m–”

He hesitated, searching for the right phrase. “I’m beginning a new chapter in life.”

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12 comments
Eddie Ray Neaux
Eddie Ray Neaux

"I can't play golf because of my wife." - said no happily-married man, ever.

Jeff Gilkey
Jeff Gilkey

So what! I'm out all summer due to rotator cuff surgery⛳️ he hasn't done anything recently any way. He wouldn't even be a contender.

Paul Benavidez
Paul Benavidez

Great Michael take care of you're life firsthand. .good luck I'm sure you will work it out...stay married whatever it takes.....

Jerry Zimmerman
Jerry Zimmerman

He couldn't handle the crowned Pinehurst greens anyway, no big loss. Lefty will win, Adam Scott second, Matt Kucher third! JMHO!

TLavonLawrence
TLavonLawrence

If he's not playing then I'm throwing in the towel - I can't carry on with my life knowing this is happening.  Get my therapist on the phone.

brian1984
brian1984

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Debbie McLaughlin
Debbie McLaughlin

What the hell? We have not heard from him since the dawn of man....

CaptainPig
CaptainPig

Got that T Shirt Cambo - get through it and look forward to seeing you back on the course winning. Good luck!

Happygolfer
Happygolfer

You have a major to your name, the World Match Play Championship and other wins, plenty of motivation right there and you certainly have my admiration.  


So get on top of it - all the best - looking forward to seeing you play on the major tours soon mate.

D14
D14

Sorry to hear about the issues, he always seemed one of the nice guys to me. Wish you well Michael.

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