Michael Campbell of New Zealand won the European Tour's Nissan Irish Open to made a big move last week in his bid to earn places in both the NEC Invitational field and on the International Team for this year's Presidents Cup. While the victory did not earn an automatic place in the field, it has elevated him to 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, a position that would earn a place if he can maintain it for the next three weeks.
'My goal for the next three weeks was to make The Presidents Cup team, get into the top 50 in the world and get exempt for the NEC Invitational,' said Campbell, who moved to 13th in International Presidents Cup team standings. 'I sat down by myself the week of the British Open and just planned goals. We had a Presidents Cup meeting the week of the Open and that got the juices going, talking about the American team and the venue and so on and I felt it would be great to get in there.'