2005 Champion Campbell Withdraws from U.S. Open
By Jonathan Wilhelm, USGA
The U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst No. 2 for the third time in 15 years in less than three weeks, but one of the players who has helped make it a memorable championship venue will not be there. Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open champion who has one year left on his 10-year exemption, has withdrawn, citing mental and physical reasons. Campbell’s last competitive round came at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, where he missed the cut.
Campbell addressed the issue May 15 in a message on his website: “I have had some problems with a tendon in my left ankle that stopped me from playing for 2 to 3 months. The good news is that I am back swinging and now managing to play 18 holes.
“As I do not feel that I am either fully physically or mentally ready to play tournament golf at the highest level, after much deliberation, I have decided not to play in the BMW PGA Championship, the U.S. Open or the events in between. I want to get back to my best and I believe this is the best strategy to achieve this.”
Campbell said he hopes to return to competition by the end of the summer.
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