Campbell Hoping to Continue Solid Play


Chad Campbell will be hoping to continue his good play this week, as the Buy.Com Tour heads to Mexico and the Club Campestre, site of the 2001 Monterrey Open.
With a bogey-free 65 in last week's final round of the Florida Classic in Gainesville, Campbell came within a stroke of winning the event. However, a 64 from his playing partner for the day, Chris Couch, and Campbell missed out by a mere shot.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old may take comfort in the fact that his finish of second was by far his best showing on the tour since he began competing in 1993. Prior to last week, his best finish was a T22 at the '96 Permian Basin Open.
Campbell may also take comfort in the fact that the defending champion will not be in attendance this week.
Briny Baird won the Monterrey last season by four strokes at 20-under-par, and would go on to finish fourth on the 2000 money list. These days, Baird is playing on the PGA Tour.
However, while Baird will not be in attendance to defend his crown, other strong players will be present in Mexico. Ryuji Imada will be teeing it up, as will David Gossett, Curt Byrum, Ian Leggatt and Pat Perez.
Perez had a strong showing in last week's season-opener, finishing in a tie for seventh at 11-under. Imada also played will, ending on 9-under.
The Monterrey Open has been played since '93, and The Club Campestre has played host to the event every year. This year's winner will leave Mexico a happy man, taking home a check worth $81,000.