Michael Campbell to make Qatar debut
list of golfing household names queuing up to compete in the booming
Commercialbank Qatar Masters has been joined by former US Open champion
Michael Campbell who will star in the $2.2 million tournament from
The 2005 US Open winner joins fellow Doha debutants Retief Goosen,
Sergio Garcia, Chris DiMarco and Stuart Appleby in joining former
Commercialbank Qatar Masters champion Ernie Els at the sharp end
a 120-man field that is the strongest in the events 10-year-history.
Weve got Major winners in our line-up in the shape of
Ernie, Retief and now Michael, which is something both the tournament
and the state of Qatar should be very proud of, said Commercialbank
of Qatar Group CEO Andrew Stevens.
A decade ago, few people even knew golf was played in Qatar
today we have some of the biggest names in the game coming
to our shores and thats something to celebrate.
One of the most popular players in golf, Campbells return
to the top of the leaderboard is the stuff of sporting legend. Less
than 10 years ago, his game appeared to have deserted him and his
future was far from certain.
But through hard work and practice, he clawed his way back to the
top and that US Open win at Pinehurst in 2005, a result described
by Tiger Woods caddie and Campbells fellow Kiwi Steve
Williams as, the single greatest sporting moment in New Zealand
Back in 1998 I was going to throw the game away and sell golf
balls, said Campbell. I missed my European Tour card
and also Australasian Tour card. I had no place to play back in
'98 and luckily enough I got a few invites and regained my card
for both Tours. So emotionally it was a bit of a roller coaster.
But I worked very hard, very, very hard.
And then in 2005 having that putt to win a Major
what you dream about as a kid. But it's certainly been an interesting
journey the last 10 years.
The first New Zealander to win a Major since Bob Charles won the
Open Championship in 1963, Campbell saw his status elevated to that
of superstar in his native country.
I think for the first time I actually made the front page
of the newspapers back home with the All Blacks, he smiled.
They've been champions and heroes of mine, and to knock them
off their pedestal for one week meant a lot to me!
Qatar Golf Association President Hassan Al Nuami said he was sure
Campbell would enjoy his first visit to the Middle East state. Qataris
are known for their hospitality and Im sure Michael will take
away fond memories of his first visit to the country, he said.
We certainly look forward to welcoming him to the Doha Golf
Club which is in immaculate shape for the tournament.
To be played at the Doha Golf Club from January 25-28, the Commercialbank
Qatar Masters is sanctioned by both the PGA European Tour and the
January 15, 2007