Sole re­gret

The Cut - - MICHAEL CAMPBELL -

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

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