Campbell remains upbeat despite current form

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | General | 12 Dec 2007

New Zealander, Michael Campbell, remains upbeat about his golfing career despite a recent form slump. “My career has been a bit like that almost in five year cycles,” he said. “I do feel however now I have improved things in terms of the off course activities and got that in check then want I want to do is become less analytical and play more naturally.”

Campbell, who missed the cut at the MasterCard Masters and the New Zealand Open, is a member at the Australian Golf Club and has a home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

“I have played a lot here in recent weeks and this is a great test of golf the way the rough is and the golf course generally.”

It is not hard to feel sorry for Campbell given the scrutiny he is under to return to the type of golf the naturally gifted player is and his decision to return to the basics is one way of doing just that.

If he can turn his recent efforts, which included a second round of 84 at the MasterCard Masters around, it will be more of a Houdini act than some of his previous form reversals.

“If you ask my playing partners then that round of 84 at Huntingdale was nowhere as bad as the score suggests.”

Campbell is clearly working hard to convince himself and if he can do that then he stands a chance for a much improved week.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T4 -11 Craig Parry Australia 74 64 70 69 277
T2   ↑6 -10 Brandt Snedeker United States 69 70 70 69 278
T2   ↑T4 -10 Nick O'hern Australia 70 66 72 70 278
T2   ↑T16 -10 Won Joon Lee Australia 70 70 72 66 278
T5   ↓T1 -9 James Nitties Australia 71 66 69 73 279
T5   ↓3 -9 Stuart Appleby Australia 71 68 68 72 279
T7 -8 Aaron Baddeley Australia 70 71 69 70 280
T7   ↑T8 -8 Ewan Porter Australia 70 71 70 69 280
T7   ↑T23 -8 Greg Chalmers Australia 69 72 72 67 280
T7   ↑T16 -8 Rod Pampling Australia 73 70 69 68 280
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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