Michael Shane Campbell
(born 23 February 1969) is a New Zealand golfer
who is best known for having won the 2005 U.S. Open
and the richest prize in golf, the £1,000,000 HSBC World Match Play Championship
, in the same year. He is a member of the European Tour
Ethnically, he is predominantly Māori
, from the Ngati Ruanui
(father's side) and Nga Rauru
(mother's side) iwi
. He also has some Scottish ancestry, being a great-great-great-grandson of John Logan Campbell
, a Scottish emigrant to New Zealand.
Campbell was born in Hawera
. As a young child, he lived near his mother's Wai-o-Turi marae
at Whenuakura, just south of Patea
, and also spent much of his time with whanau
at his father's Taiporohenui marae, near Hawera.
Like many young New Zealand boys, Campbell dreamed of playing for the All Blacks
, and began playing rugby union
, but his mother vetoed his participation. While he was talented at several other sports, such as softball
and table tennis
, his passion turned out to be golf.
At age seven, he began playing golf on the Patea golf course which had the greens fenced to keep sheep off them. He was introduced to the game by an uncle, Roger Rei, but was also undoubtedly influenced by his father, Tom Campbell, who was a single-figure handicapper. The family moved south to Titahi Bay
and Campbell developed his skills in junior ranks at Paraparaumu. He attended school at Mana College
but left without any qualifications.
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