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Player Profile

Chad Campbell

Having played since he was 6 years old and failing qualifying school 5 times, Chad Campbell is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after years of hard slog on the lesser Tours. At the age of 29 he has had a career that could only be described as a roller coaster ride.

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Turning pro in 1996 and finally receiving his PGA Tour card in 2001, lately Campbell has certainly been giving the other players a good run for their money. In a 2003 Sports Illustrated article he was voted by his peers as "player most likely to win a major". It would be foolish to disagree. He managed second place in last year's PGA Championship, just edged out by Shaun Micheel, and with his current World Ranking of #10, he's certain to have four more chances this year. Who knows, maybe this could be his year.
During 2003 he managed to make the cut 25 times out of 27 events, registering 9 top-tens including his first Tour win at the Tour Championship and finishing seventh on the Money List with $3,912,064 in official prize money. Only having been cut once so far this year, he is currently on 3 consecutive top-tens, by winning the Bay Hill Invitational, T9 at the Honda Classic and T9 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Currently ranked 8th on this year's money list with almost $1.3 million, 2004 is already looking like it will be another very successful year for this young man.

2003 Tour Championship - Getty Images

One more thing worth a mention is that he has scored 3 holes-in-one during competitive rounds in his career so far. I'm sure we are going to see great things from Chad Campbell in the not too distant future.


For more information about Chad Campbell,
read his full bio at www.pgatour.com


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Article by Andy Smith

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