A talented sportsman growing up, his mother curtailed his aspirations of playing for the All Blacks and golf was to be Michael's sport. A keen participant on the European Senior Tour, he has set up base for his family in Europe and is actively coaching and has even set up an American college course. He has been slightly troubled by how 'power' seems to be dominating the game, instead of shot craft, but his academies work on all aspects of the game physically and mentally to perfect all aspects of the game.
He had to be mentally strong in 2005, his defining year. A US Open victory, World Matchplay Championship success and a second place finish in the European Tour Order of Merit firmly fixed his name in golf history. He is only the second New Zealander to win a Major, Bob Charles being the first.
Trailing Retief Goosen by four shots heading into the final round, Campbell shot a 69, holding off Tiger Woods to win by two shots. In the HSBC World Match Play at Wentworth, he once again beat Goosen, this time in the semi-final 7&6, beating fellow Legend, Paul McGinley in the final to win £1,000,000.
Cambo is still competing and after a seven year break, started again competitively in 2019. He is now a regular competitor on tour, but, even more importantly, he wants to encourage new golfers. As Jack Nicklaus said to him following his US Open triumph, as a Major winner he now understands it is his role to grow the game. The Michael Campbell Foundation is doing just that, motivating disadvantaged children to give the game a go.
|European Tour Wins||7|
|Australasia Tour Wins||7|
|Highest World Ranking||12|