Former U.S. Open champion, Michael Campbell will cut a lonely figure at Tuesday’s 36-hole ‘Local Final Qualifier’ in and around the Royal Lytham and St. Annes course in north-west England.
A total of 288 players will tee-up on four courses with the leading three players at each venue winning through the July 19th commencing Open Championship.
Campbell will out competing on the West Lancashire course along with 71 other players.
Seven years ago the New Zealander stopped a nation in keeping Tiger Woods at arms reach to win the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
And while he captured the HSBC World Match-Play Championship later that year, Campbell’s game has declined steadily to the stage he has competed in a dozen events this year but making he halfway cut in only two and with results of 63rd in the Malaysian Open and 60th in BMW PGA Championship.
Campbell’s ranking has also plummeted from a career high of 12th in 2001 to his current World Ranking of 910.
Other venues staging Local Final Qualifying include Hillside, Old St Annes and Southport and Ainsdale.