Campbell Headlines New Zealand Open

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Michael Campbell heads the list of players set to tee it up this week in the 87th New Zealand Open at the Grange Golf Club in Auckland.
 
The Golf Channel will air the final three rounds of the event starting early Friday morning at 12 AM (ET).
 
The event, which started back in 1907, has a record 156 entries of which players from the PGA Tour, European Tour and Japanese Tour all scheduled to compete.

``They are the big three tours in the world, so to have players of that level is outstanding, said tournament director Phil Aickin.
 
Campbell, who is currently ranked 45th in the world, won the title back in 2000 when it was held at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.
 
The 34-year-old native New Zealander will try to get his 2004 season started on the right note after a dismal start in last year's campaign. He missed the cut, withdrew or was DQ'd in nine of his first 10 starts on the PGA Tour in 2003.
 
Also in the field are former majors winner Bob Charles, Dave Stockton and Wayne Grady. Charles has won the New Zealand Open on three different occasions, the last coming in 1973.
 
Mahal Pearce, the defending champion, will return in hopes of a repeat performance of his two stroke victory over Brett Rumford in last year's event.
 
A tough task considering the New Zealand Open has not had a repeat champion since American Corey Pavin won back-to-back titles in 1984-85.