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Michael Campbell bristles at the notion that the U.S. PGA Championship starting on Thursday looms as a two-man battle between Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, the top-rated players in the world.

"I would not say it's a two-horse race," said the New Zealander, who beat runner-up Woods by two strokes in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst -- the only major crown this year not won by American.

Campbell, 36, told a new conference at Baltusrol Golf Club on Tuesday he thought the season's last major championship featured several serious contenders, including himself.

"I think Retief Goosen is a great player; (Phil) Mickelson, he's playing great. There's a lot of fine players playing this week. I think it's anyone's game this week.

"Obviously, Tiger is the favourite," Campbell said of the U.S. Masters and British Open champion.

"But I showed to everybody and to the rest of the world that he can be beatable two months ago. He was favoured to win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. I managed to knock him off his pedestal for a week."

Campbell followed up his U.S. Open victory with a strong showing in last month's British Open at St Andrews, where he tied for fifth.

"I think coming fifth at the British Open after my U.S. Open victory was a huge step for me because it just proved a point that (my U.S. Open win) wasn't a fluke," he said.

Campbell, who sank a number of clutch putts to hold off a charge by Woods at Pinehurst, accepts there is no time to bask in the glory of his U.S. Open triumph. He believes he has more to accomplish.

"I had to leave behind thinking about winning the U.S. Open because right now, I'm in the mode of winning this tournament here, the U.S. PGA," he said.

"Obviously I have fond memories of winning the U.S. Open, but if you think about the past too much, you forget about the present and future."

Campbell has targeted more major titles to win and believes there is no time like the present.

"I think some players are very happy with one major championship, but I want more," he said. "I want to be a multiple winner. That's why I'm here."

 

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