NZ Golf thrilled with Campbell's triumph
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2005 US Open | Final Round | 20 Jun 2005
Michael Campbell followed in the footsteps of the great Sir Bob Charles to become just the second New Zealander to win a Major when he triumphed in the USA Open in North Carolina today.
Campbell prevailed in a dogfight with world No 1 Tiger Woods down the stretch to claim his first Major, something that seemed just a distant dream when he missed five straight cuts on the European Tour earlier this year.
The Kiwi was unsure he would even enter the US Open, forced to pre-qualify in England. While Campbell has been noted as a streak player throughout his career, he produced a calm and mature effort amid the catastrophes that unfolded on the unforgiving Pinehurst No 2 course.
New Zealand Golf chief executive Larry Graham said it was a red letter day for the sport and the country.
“This is an absolutely remarkable day for a remarkable Kiwi. Michael Campbell has been humble during the highs of his career and always gracious in the lows,” Graham said. “He told me last week that he considered not even going to the US Open and now look at this result.”
“Throughout it all Michael has remained very supportive of New Zealand Golf and of course last week just before he headed to the United States he rang me to say he would be our first confirmed starter for next January’s New Zealand Open at Gulf Harbour.”
“Our Open Championship has received the biggest possible boost, not only because we will have a Kiwi winner of a Major at the event but also because it will no doubt help attract some other top names. That will make it even more marketable.”
“It’s an amazing boost for golf and life in general in New Zealand. Michael has proved that if you persevere, work hard and never give up, then a Kiwi can achieve anything.”
“It’s also a major endorsement for the New Zealand Golf development programme that young players can come through our system and achieve at the highest levels.”
“I’m thrilled for Michael and his family, both wife Julie and the children and his whanau at the Titahi Bay Golf Club and Wellington.”
Source – NZGA