KIWI PRO WATCH: CAMBO BOUNCES BACK IN PARIS

9/07/2012

Michael Campbell has given everyone a taste of his old self at the French Open on the European Tour.

The former US Open Champion carded a four under par 67 in the final round at Le National Golf Club to claim a share of 11thplace and secure his best finish for the 2012 season.

 

Campbell, who has made only three cuts this year in Europe, was back to his best in the final round as he finished on two under par total only six shots back from German Marcel Siem who won by one shot from Italian Francesco Molinari on eight under par.

 

He earned $81,000 (NZD) for his best week on tour but more importantly gained some valuable confidence and belief that he can still compete on the European Tour.

 

His best result ahead of his week in Paris was a tie for 60that the BMW International Open in Germany.

 

Also in Europe, New Zealand’s other major champion Sir Bob Charles enjoyed a fine week at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open beating his age in all three rounds.

 

The World Golf Hall of Fame member, who bettered his age by 10 shots with a remarkable four under par 66 in round one, backed it up with 73 and 72 on the weekend to finish tied 42ndin Switzerland.

 

The 76-year-old legend finished on a one over par total in his first event of 2012, 13 shots back from American winner Tim Thelen.

 

It was a great result for Charles, who these days considers himself a full-time farmer and a part-time golfer. The 1963 Open Champion will return to the venue of his most famous win as a spectator in two weeks when Royal Lytham & St Annes hosts the 140thOpen Championship.

 

Meantime over in Japan, Richard Lee has finished in a share of 52ndplace at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational after carding a one under par 71 in the final round.   

 

Lee, whose best finish in 2012 is a tied for 26that the Token Homemate Cup, earned $6000 for his effort that saw him finish 18 shots back from champion Kyoung-Hoon Lee.

 

 

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