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Campbell Ousts Faldo on 43rd Hole

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SURREY, England -- Michael Campbell defeated Nick Faldo on the 43rd hole of the match, Friday morning, ending the longest match in Cisco World Match Play Championship history. The match had been suspended Thursday evening after 42 holes due to darkness.
 
The two men returned to the 17th tee Friday morning to continue their match. Campbell, from New Zealand, won the hole when he ran in a 10-foot birdie putt. Faldo's birdie opportunity would graze the edge, but did not find the bottom of the cup.
 
'We played really great in the circumstances,' said Campbell. 'It was tough to get up at 6:30 this morning and come out in the rain and cold, but I'm through to the second round now against Ian Woosnam and looking forward to it.'
 
'I did my bit,' Faldo said. 'We were mentally shot last night and, like Michael, I also had a headache and needed a couple of hours physiotherapy.'
 
Ironically, Faldo lost to Darren Clarke in 2000 in a 40-hole match. That was the third time a match had gone 40 holes at this event.
 
Faldo had rallied to win five of the final 10 holes on Thursday to send the match to extra holes. On the first two extra holes, both men just missed birdie putts. They both birdied the 17th hole, playing as the 39th of the match.
 
The pair would each birdie the next, Campbell from 12 feet, Faldo from inside five feet. The two men would halve the 41st hole with pars.
 
Faldo's birdie putt lipped out on the 42nd hole after Campbell left his 25- footer short. At that point, the match was suspended setting up Campbell's Friday morning win.
 
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