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Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell

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The winner of the 2005 US Open, Michael Campbell is a professional golfer from New Zealand who has certainly made an impact on the sport. One of the greatest players to ever come out of Oceania, he spent more than 20 years playing at the highest level of the sport.

Now, he can be found at personal and corporate events across the world, working as one of the most popular golf after-dinner speakers. Alongside his sporting career, Michael’s energy, natural charisma and quick wit make him a hit time and time again.

Growing up in New Zealand, Michael is of Maori descent and grew up in a traditional household. Like many youngsters growing up in the country, he spent much of his time playing rugby and cricket. However, when picked up a golf club aged seven, he instantly fell in love with the sport and spent all his spare time playing it.

With a father who played off a single handicap, he began developing his skills and playing for his country in junior competitions. After leaving school with no formal qualifications, it was clear that golf would be his path in life. At his speaking events, he can recall his fascinating life story to audiences, showing them that following your dreams can pay off.

In 1993, Michael turned professional starting out on the PGA Tour of Australasia before joining the European Tour the following year. His first European Tour win came in 1999 at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Taiwan. 2005 was undoubtedly the most successful year of his life and career, starting out at the US Open.

Despite failing to make the cut at several tournaments throughout the year, he did so at this Major event. He made it into the tournament via sectional qualifying and had to sink a six-foot birdie to even qualify. He managed it and the rest was history.

Finishing the third round just four strokes behind defending champion Retief Goosen, in the final round Michael shot a sensational 69. Finishing one shot ahead of the legend Tiger Woods, Michael claimed his first-ever Major victory. In the same year, he also won the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth and the one million pound prize that came with it. Today, Michael can still recall these wins in vivid detail, and they always make for a fascinating listen at every event he attends.

Michael left the European Tour in 2013 and has since played in several senior and exhibition events. He remains an active personality within the sport, but when away from golf he is also a keen environmental activist. In fact, he is the co-founder of Lifefoot Trust. The organisation helps sports teams in New Zealand lessen their environmental impact while saving money at the same time.

One of the finest golf after-dinner speakers around, to book Michael Campbell for your next event contact Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Golf
  • Motivational
  • Sporting Success

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