Michael Campbell has failed in an attempt to win his first
tournament since 2005, shooting a two over par 72 to finish
tied for eighth at the Hong Kong Open tonight (NZT).
Having endured a torrid time since winning the World Match
Play Championship in 2005 - the same year as his US Open
triumph - things have begun to turn around for Campbell in
He has enjoyed three top-15 finishes on the European Tour,
including a third place at last month's Portugal Masters.
Campbell looked like he could go even better in Hong Kong,
heading into today's final round on -10 and with a share of
But, after Campbell birdied the first, playing partner Miguel
Angel Jimenez proved too good, nailing three birdies in a row
on the front nine to storm clear. Campbell managed another
birdie on the seventh to pull within two shots, but Jimenez
continued to streak away.
The Spaniard eventually prevailed with a -15 total, while
Campbell finished seven strokes back after making a double
bogey on the final hole.
It was another encouraging return for the 43-year-old but he
will be disappointed his 2618-day wait for a trophy will