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Michael Campbell looks to regain success

New Zealand's Michael Campbell is hoping to draw on previous enjoyment and success on the Asian PGA Tour when he plays in his first Hong Kong Open.

Campbell, who won the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic at Taiwan's Westin Resort after holding off the challenge of Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, said he always tended to perform well when he played in front of supportive galleries.

"I always seem to enjoy the atmosphere in Asia as the crowds are always enthusiastic," said the New Zealander, who finished joint-second with partner David Smail in the World Cup in Japan two weeks ago.

"After winning in Taiwan, I felt my game moved up to the next level. This will be my first appearance in the Hong Kong Open and I'm very much looking forward to it."

Campbell, 32, is one of the fancied contenders in a strong international field for the season-ending tournament on the Asian Tour.

Twice Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, Australia's Adam Scott, Irishman Paul McGinley, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde and last Sunday's Asian Open winner Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden are all playing in the co-sanctioned event.

The Hong Kong Open is the final tournament on the 2001 Asian PGA Tour and also the first stop on the 2002 European Tour schedule.

Defending champion at the Hong Kong Golf Club is England's Simon Dyson, who won last year's title by finishing at 21-under-par for his third victory of the season on his way to topping the Asian Tour order of merit.

But the Yorkshireman struggled for form in Europe for much of 2001 before ending the year 87th on the final European money list and he knows he faces a tough title defence this week.

"I am really looking forward to playing but it will take a good score to win this year as the field is so strong," said Dyson, who also won last year's Macau and China Opens.

"My game is not great at the moment but it is getting better. I don't know what's been wrong.

"Last year, everything just seemed to fall in place. I couldn't seem to get anything going like I did in Asia last year. I hope that all changes this week."


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