Organisers of the New Zealand Open today announced that former US Open champion, Michael Campbell, will re-commence his career, following three years in retirement, at next year’s 100th NZ Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills in February 2019.
“I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my golfing career at the 100th NZ Open in Queenstown. It’s been three years since I retired and I now plan to join the Senior Tour. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season than playing at home, in what is going to be a milestone event.”
“The New Zealand Open is one of my favourite golfing tournaments. We are lucky to have an event of this calibre here in NZ – it brings top international talent to NZ and has helped me and many others progress our careers. I couldn’t miss being part of the 100th celebration,” says Campbell.
Retired from competitive golf since 2015, his 50th birthday coincides with the week of celebratory events leading up to the 100th New Zealand Open. Achieving that milestone means he now qualifies for the PGA and European Senior Tours. His participation in the 100th New Zealand Open signals his first step back into the game he loves.
One of only three Kiwi Professionals to have won a golf major, Campbell shot to fame when he beat Tiger Woods to win the 2005 US Open Championship.
Campbell and the 100th New Zealand Open team are also thrilled to announce Manuka Doctor (a sponsor of Campbell) will join the list of major sponsors for the event.
“To have a home-grown successful New Zealand company like Manuka Doctor come on board is a real vote of confidence in our event. We are absolutely delighted that they have elected to be a part of our 100th tournament celebration,” says Tournament Committee Chairman, John Hart.
Manuka Doctor is a New Zealand company taking iconic Manuka honey to the international arena with genuine, authentic true-to-label Manuka honey and skincare products. Manuka honey has been dubbed a superfood so it seemed like a perfect pairing to help power the players at the New Zealand Open with natural energy of Manuka honey.
“We are thrilled Michael Campbell – one of New Zealand’s golfing elite – will be playing in the New Zealand Open. It’s great to be able to bring him home to play in such a premium golfing event being played out in picture perfect Queenstown. Together we are showcasing the very best of New Zealand to the world,” says Nicola MacFarlane, Manuka Doctor.
With less than 100 days until the 100th New Zealand Open tees off in Queenstown, interest is running high as more and more international players and sponsors confirm their support.
”It is a thrill for us to have Michael Campbell return to play in New Zealand again and we are particularly grateful that, through our association with Manuka Doctor, we are able to add a former major winner of his calibre to our field,” says Hart.
“100 years of the NZ Open is something all Kiwis should feel proud of. This is an iconic sporting event and one that deserves celebrating.”
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