Campbell in Command Through 36 Holes
Campbell, who returned along with half the field to complete the darkness-suspended second round Saturday morning, tacked on a 65 to his opening 62 for an impressive total of 17-under-par 127. His closest pursuer is Eduardo Romero, who wrapped up a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 before noon for sole possession of second place at 11-under par.
Ireland's Paul McGinley, who tied for second last week at the International Open, matched Campbell for low second-round score with a flawless 65 that lifted him into third place at minus-10.
Campbell, the winner of the Heineken Classic in February, is seeking his fifth European Tour title after a breakthrough season in 2000 that saw him win three times.
Although the 32-year-old from Wellington suffered his first bogey of the tournament two holes before he played his last on Friday at the 11th, he came back in the morning with birdies at Nos. 14, 17 and 18 for a total of 18 birdies in 36 holes.
'I got off to a flyer with four birdies in the first five holes the day before and it was just a matter of preparing yourself again,' said Campbell, the 18th-ranked player in the world. 'I felt very good when I went to the 12th hole this morning. The key to my rounds is that I'm driving the ball so well, making the harder holes a lot easier.'
Campbell has hit 23 of 28 fairways and 30 of 36 greens through two rounds.
Argentina's Romero, nicknamed 'El Gato' (the cat), missed the early part of 2001 because of a serious dog bite on his leg that took over two months to heal. He posted his first top-10 of the season last week with a tie for seventh at The Belfry.
The 46-year-old Romero, who captured the 2000 European Masters in Switzerland, has been amazed by the performance of the leader.
'Michaels golf is unbelievable,' Romero said. 'I played with him last week and he missed the cut, but his playing partner, Miguel Angel Jimnez, told me last night he is playing perfect golf.'
Colin Montgomerie, another player to make his way around without a mistake over the second set of 18 holes, used his 6-under 66 to join England's John Bickerton at eight-under. Montgomerie's game looks to be peaking just in time for his title defense at next week's Volvo PGA Championship in England.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods carded two second-round eagles -- a chip-in at the fifth on Friday and a long putt at the par-5 16th Saturday morning -- for a 68 and a share of sixth place at 7-under 137 with seven others, including Ernie Els and defending champion Lee Westwood.
'Hopefully I can go out this afternoon and post a low number and see where we finish,' said Woods, who will seek his fifth straight major title at next month's U.S. Open. 'Ive played in spurts -- some good shots at times and some shots that arent that good.'
Woods triumphed at this event in 1999, the only other year it was held at St. Leon Rot.
The cut fell at 1-under-par 143 and included Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who upset Woods in the final of the 2000 WGC-Match Play Championship. Clarke, all but assured of missing the cut after a first-round 76 and two bogeys over the front nine of the second round, landed right on 143 after recording a back-nine 29 Saturday morning that featured five birdies and an eagle.
'I just wanted to get out of the way of Monty and Tiger. I cant explain where that finish came from,' Clarke said.
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18
Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
Well, this is a one new one.
According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:
“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”
Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.
“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.
The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.
“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”
The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.
Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.
Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.