Campbell taking trip down memory lane in Switzerland

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Michael Campbell of New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

Major winner Michael Campbell is excited to be back in Switzerland this week; a country where he recorded his first European victory on the European Challenge Tour in 1994.

The 2005 U.S. Open Champion won the Memorial Olivier Barras title at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in 1994 and is looking forward to competing in Switzerland again this week at Golf Club Bad Ragaz for the Swiss Seniors Open.

“Yeah, it’s pretty exciting,” Campbell said. “My first European Tour win was actually in Switzerland back in 1994 in Crans-sur-Sierre so it brings back a lot of fun memories and it is my first time here at this golf course it looks in fantastic condition and I am looking forward to the week.

“I’ve heard it’s pretty short so no need for a driver but once again accuracy is the most important thing, and the greens look pretty pure as well, so I am looking forward to the week indeed.”

The New Zealander finished in sixth place at the Jersey Legends last month but admits that it is all about winning trophies for him and is looking to improve week-on-week.

“I think I am finding my mojo now,” he said. “I had my son on the bag and it was fun to see him enjoy the moment with me but I am getting there and it’s all about for me winning trophies, kissing those trophies but yes it was a nice finish for me in Jersey but it’s all about winning for me right now so I feel like I am trending in the right direction and hopefully this week will be a nice week for me.

“I am just chipping away, there are a few faults in my swing and my putting stroke so I am just gradually working on that and building up to the Open Seniors in a couple weeks’ time but hopefully this week will be a good week for me.

“It’s been pretty intense after a disappointing performance at the U.S. Open Seniors it was gut wrenching, so I worked very, very hard on my game in the last few days and hopefully this week it’ll come through.”

Campbell joins home favourite André Bossert, 2022 Legends Tour debutants Niclas Fasth, Michael Jonzon and Simon Khan and 1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam in the field this week.

The action gets underway at 7:20am local time, with Campbell teeing it up alongside four-time DP World Tour winner Jeev Milkha Singh at 9:59am.

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