Kiwi and Maori Michael Campbell, who most famously held Tiger Woods at bay to win the 2005 U.S. Open, at Pinehurst, has decided to retire from professional golf at the age of 46 citing that he has lost the motivational spirit to play golf.
Michael followed his Major victory with a tie for fifth at The Open and also a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship in that same year.
He won 15 tournaments over his professional career, spending most of his time on the European Tour, but his last victory came at the World Match Play Championship, at Wentworth, just a few months after his Pinehurst triumph.
Listening to him speak he still seems a bit unsure if he should walk away;
“All of my friends who are the same age as me are still out there competing and doing well.”
“It makes you wonder maybe I should go back and play but right now I have got no motivation to play.”
“I have played golf for almost 40 years and that is a long time. I have played professionally for 20 years and that is a long time.”
“I have no complaints to walk away from the game that has given me such a wonderful life but it’s been a very hard decision.”