Seen as customary for retired sporting athletes, the need to look back, to assess and analyse a career, leads Campbell to one lingering regret. And while such anguish doesn’t exactly keep the laidback Kiwi awake at night, it does occasionally leave him slightly perturbed.
As the then recently crowned European Tour Player of the Year in 2005 — that famous year — Campbell turned down the chance to compete on the highly lucrative and competitive PGA Tour.
His failure to exploit his rich vein of form and take advantage of a five-year exemption for winning the US Open, choosing instead to remain based in England and play the European Tour, remains a big regret. He won eight times in six years on the European Tour. “I should have gone to the US to keep my mind really focused on playing more but I was just too comfortable and thought against it.
“I’m a creature of comfort and that’s my personality and nature, I like comfort and I didn’t want to uproot my family and move them to America.
“I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of moving my two young boys to American schools, and to be honest the whole idea wasn’t appealing to me; I wanted to stay where