Date of Birth:23rd February 1969Country:New Zealand

Michael Campbell

Of Maori ancestry, it didn't surprise anyone in Titahi Bay (his home town) when Michael Campbell showed immense promise on the rugby pitch in his youth. The decision to concentrate on golf, though, was made by his mother who felt the oval ball game was "too rough." Rugby's loss was golf's gain, and the likeable New Zealander - winner of the US Open at Pinehurst in 2005 - has become one of the most popular figures on the PGA European Tour, operating from a base in Brighton on England's south coast. Campbell, who qualified as a telephone technician before embarking on a career as a tour professional, won his full card in Europe via the Challenge Tour in 1994 and first grabbed worldwide headlines when leading the British Open after three rounds in 1995, before eventually finishing third. Campbell's breakthrough major win came in the US Open, after which he received a letter of congratulations from golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, and later that year he went on to win the World Matchplay at Wentworth... he was affected by a shoulder injury for much of the 2009 season but has recovered and is intent on rising back up the world rankings ... has a strong association with Ireland, winning the European Open at The K Club in 2002 and the Irish Open at Portmarnock in 2003 . . . . he enjoys collecting fine wine... has the ancient Maori saying, 'kia ora' (meaning, health, wealth) embroidered on to his golf clothing.