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Ticker tape parade lined up for Michael Campbell

U.S Open champion Michael Campbell will receive a ticker-tape parade through central Wellington when he returns to New Zealand next week.

Campbell became the second New Zealander to win a major title when he held off a storming Tiger Woods to snatch a two-shot victory at Pinehurst in North Carolina last month.

Bob Charles was the first when he won the British Open at Royal Lytham in 1963.

Campbell followed up his U.S. Open success with a tie for fifth in last weekend's British Open, behind Woods, who snared his 10th major title.

"We're a city that knows the meaning of hard work and perseverance and we openly celebrate success," Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast said in a statement on Thursday.

"Michael is an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that someone from the Wellington region can take on the world's best and win."

The July 29 parade for the 36-year-old Campbell, who grew up in Titahi Bay, about 20kms north of Wellington, will begin in the grounds of the Parliament and wind it's way through the central city before arriving outside the town hall for a civic reception.

"I'm sure people will turn out in droves to welcome Michael and congratulate him," Prendergast added.

"We want to give him the kind of reception he deserves so I am encouraging everyone to line the streets and fill Civic Square next Friday."


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