Campbells Decision - Europe It Is

By George WhiteJuly 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
The conventional wisdom the last few years has been this: foreign-born golfer wins major; foreign-born golfer takes about half an hour to decide to join the U.S. tour, thanks to his newly found earnings on the American tour; foreign-born golfer jumps right into the PGA Tour the beginning of the next season, to varying degrees of success.
Enter Michael Campbell. Michael has upset the whole process, it seems. Michael was born in New Zealand, lives now in England, plays primarily on the European Tour ' and has no intentions of leaving, thank you very much.
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Michael Campbell will stick with the European Tour even after his emotional win at the U.S. Open.
Campbell, of course, was the gent who won the recent U.S Open. He was most appreciative of the money, humble in victory, polite as any Kiwi could possibly be while winning the event. But then he shook the rafters when he revealed that, while he certainly meant no harm to the host country, he would stay right where he is ' thank you.
Perhaps, he was saying, it would be different if this were three or four years ago. Back then, America was his dream, as it is most professional golfers. But now, hes married. He has two little sons -Thomas, born in 1998, and Jordan, born in 2000. Hes waist-deep in the intricacies of raising his family, and he and wife Julie have decided in the last couple of years to raise them in England. End of story.
The reason why isn't Michael Campbell coming to America? said Michael Campbell. I said I'm happy the way things are right now and the way my whole career is panning out. Why change things?
He has already tried the U.S., anyway. In 2002 he finished second at Bay Hill and jumped at the chance for tour membership. His $432,000 of Bay Hill money allowed him to take advantage of special temporary membership ' his earnings for the year was $614,259, more than No. 125s $515,445. Incidentally, he chipped in on the final hole at Bay Hill to finish second.
So he came to America with the brood ' wife and two infant sons in tow. He played in the U.S. for 12 straight weeks with that menagerie, living out of hotel rooms for all three months. He did miserably on the course, and his wife and babies did little more than just exist under the constantly changing conditions. He stood it as long as he could, then he went back to the European Tour, taking the family back to their own bedroom. That was the end of that experiment.
Now, hes not really tempted. A Kiwi with a Kiwi wife and children who were born in England, he just sees too many pitfalls ahead to try and change everyone again.
Its human nature to go over there and play full time in America, he explained, but it's not for me. My roots are here. I've been here for 12 years and I just enjoy being here and playing the European Tour.
And hopefully it's going to help guys like - you know, Darren Clarke and (Lee) Westwood and (Ian) Poulter and (Padraig) Harrington, (Colin) Montgomerie, (Paul) McGinley, (Graeme) McDowell - all of these great players who have won multiple times around the world to realize that if I can do it
In the final analysis, Campbell looked at the potential for vast earnings in the U.S. - or merely comfortable earnings in Europe. And he decided to go for the comfortable, with the young familys future at stake.
For Campbell, its an easy choice. And, after all, uprooting the family from England across the Atlantic to America isnt like moving from London to Liverpool. Its a life-influencing factor for the children, even more so than for him and Julie.
And, he believes hell settle down and play alongside Woosnam and Montgomerie, McGinley and McDowell.
These guys have seen me play for the last 12 years on this tour, he said. They have seen me miss cuts, lose my card, win golf tournaments and I have seen them do the same. We are all close.
There's a fine line between winning tournaments and winning majors. When you do win your first major, you think to yourself, it's a lot of hard work, but these guys are very close, too.
And so, he stays. Hell be back for the majors, for all the big tournaments. But as far as playing a circuit ' Michael Campbell has decided to remain with the family.
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Next up for Koepka: Buddies and a bachelor party

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 7:46 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Coming off a successful title defense at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka arrived at the Travelers Championship in need of a nap. It appears he won’t be getting one anytime soon.

Koepka normally wakes up by 6 a.m. without using an alarm, but without much down time since his victory at Shinnecock Hills he slept in until 8:20 a.m. Sunday morning, prior to his 10:40 a.m. tee time. Any impact to his pre-round routine appeared negligible, as Koepka fired a 5-under 65 that included seven birdies over his first 13 holes.

“I felt like today was kind of the first day I got everything back,” Koepka said. “I was definitely running behind, but it was nice to catch up on some sleep.”

Koepka became the first U.S. Open winner to play the week after since Justin Rose in 2013, and he finished the Travelers at 9 under with four straight sub-par rounds. While he’s got some free time in the coming days, it won’t exactly be restful.

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“We’ve got 11 guys that I’m pretty close with, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with them in Boston for a few days and then [getting] back down to West Palm for a night, and then we’re off to my best friend’s bachelor party,” Koepka said. “I was really hoping to get some rest, but I don’t know how much that will happen.”

Last year, Koepka took a month off following his U.S. Open win at Erin Hills, only touched a club once, and still finished T-6 at The Open at Royal Birkdale. While this will be his final competitive start before Carnoustie, he expects to make a strong run toward a third major title next month in Scotland.

“I’m shutting it down for a while. I don’t feel like I need to play,” Koepka said. “I feel like my game’s in a good spot, played really well this week. Just some stupid mistakes and mental errors. That’s all it was, lack of focus and low energy. To be honest with you, I’m not surprised. I did play well though, I putted well, and I’m somewhat pleased.”

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Spieth ends busy stretch without top-10 finish

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 7:39 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – There were no final-round heroics this time around for Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.

After taking the title last year with perhaps the most memorable shot of the year, Spieth appeared poised to make a robust defense of his title after an opening-round 63 gave him a share of the lead. But that proved to be as good as it would get, as he played the next three rounds in a combined 3 over to drop outside the top 40 on the final leaderboard.

It marked the end of a pedestrian run of six events in seven weeks for Spieth, during which his best finish was a tie for 21st at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

“A lot of cut-line golf, which is somewhat unusual historically for me, fortunately,” Spieth said after closing with a 1-under 69. “Kind of a grind, but I made actually a lot of progress where I needed to within the last few weeks.”

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Spieth has struggled to get on track on the greens this year, but he has started to turn a corner in recent weeks, specifically during a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament, and he picked up more than three shots on the field this week in strokes gained: putting.

“My putting’s right on point where it needs to be. It’s getting better every single week,” Spieth said. “It’s the best it’s been in a couple years.”

Unfortunately for Spieth, a slight uptick in putting has coincided with some regression from his normally reliable ball-striking. Of the 74 players who made the cut at TPC River Highlands, he ranked 61st in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

“I’ve just got to kind of get my alignment back in order on the full swing. It’s tough when you swing and you think you hit a good shot, and you look up and the ball’s, it could be 15 yards right or 15 yards left, and it’s all because of alignment,” Spieth said. “It’s literally the same thing I went through with the putting. I’ve just got to find a way to get it back on track with the full swing.”

Having concluded a busy stretch, Spieth noted that he now has “a few weeks off.” But still in search of his first quality chance to contend heading into a final round this year, he didn’t rule out the notion of adding a start before defending his title at Carnoustie next month.

Spieth is not in the field for next week’s Quicken Loans National, but he won the John Deere Classic in both 2013 and 2015, which will be played the week before The Open.

“As far as leading into The Open, we’ll see,” Spieth said. “Last year I went in after three weeks off and it didn’t hurt me. So I believe I can get the work in whether I’m playing or not, to get the repetitions.”

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Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

"If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

"Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

"In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

"I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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Wallace holds off charges to win BMW International

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''

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Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.