Lowry wins but Michael Campbell the talk
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2012 Portugal Masters | Wrap | 15 Oct 2012
Ireland’s Shane Lowry has won the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on the Algarve Peninsula but it was the performance of New Zealander Michael Campbell which created as much, if not more, of a talking point.
The 2005 US Open Champion finished third behind Lowry and England’s Ross Fisher to record his best European Tour finish in more than four years and turn the corner on what has been a long and windy road in that time.
A few months ago Campbell returned to working with his long time coach Jonathan Yarwood after a decision to sell up his Brighton home in England and move back to Sydney a few years earlier had meant he needed someone closer geographically to work with.
At the beginning of this year Campbell made the perhaps difficult decision to move back to Europe and re-settled his family in Spain after initially considering Switzerland as his European base.
Now back working with Harwood, Campbell has been slowly but surely rebuilding his game and his confidence and his great week this week is sure to be the catalyst for more to come. Campbell has always been a confidence player who rolls along on what has been his exceptional natural talent.
In the past twelve months Campbell has made only six of 24 cuts although with four of those coming in the last seven starts suggested the corner was being turned.
Michael Campbell’s game has often undergone a roller coaster ride but perhaps never to the extent is has experienced in the past three years. Now however he can take considerable heart and pride from what he has achieved this week.
There is a lot to be admired about Campbell’s persistence and determination to continue the battle when it might have broken a lesser man. His ongoing results will be watched with interest but New Zealand’s second best golfer ever (after Sir Bob Charles) is clearly back on track at least.
Lowry was playing in the penultimate group in today’s final round and a bogey at the final hole appeared as if it might have proven costly until Fisher, who was playing in the final group with Bernd Wiesberger, did the same ten minutes later.
For Lowry it was his second European Tour victory, three years after his first which came as an amateur at the Irish Open in 2009. The 25 year old has continued to play well and retain his card in Europe but this week’s victory moves him to 29th in the Race to Dubai and guarantees him a start at the Dubai World Championship in December.
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