Michael Campbell will set off on his most important round of golf for about seven years in a few hours. Cambo is tied for the lead of the UBS Hong Kong Open with Spaniard Miguel-Angel Jimenez.
It's seven years since Cambo's golden year where he won the US Open and the World Matchplay as well as having top ten finished at the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. But since then, there's been precious little to cheer about.
This year though, slowly Campbell's game has come back to him, culminating in a third place finish at the Portugal Open a few weeks ago. And he is playing well in Hong Kong having shot a bogey-free 64 on Friday. Even yesterday on a day when none of the leaders shot low rounds, Campbell ended on a high note sinking a 20-foot par putt on the final hole.
Some time ago we reckoned that Michael Campbell should probably have called it quits. His US Open win made him a wealthy man, and he doesn't need to play for pay.
That said, there's a big incentive awaiting Cambo today. Not only is there a chance to win again after a long drought, but tomorrow, Europe's top 60 players fly to Dubai for the European Tour Championship; the richest event on the tour. Campbell currently sits at #89 on the Order of Merit, and probably needs a top-five finish today to get to Dubai.
Whether Michael Campbell hangs in and wins today or not, he's proved a lot of the critics, ourselves included wrong. It was great to see him playing last night (NZ time) with a grin from ear to ear. Here's hoping that he's grinning even more around 10pm tonight!
Good golfing Cambo; if anyone deserves success, it's you.