Golf: Strong finish for Campbell

Michael Campbell. Photo / Getty Images
Michael Campbell. Photo / Getty Images

Michael Campbell provided a rare glimpse of his old self at the French Open on the European Tour overnight, claiming a share of 11th place.

The former US Open Champion carded a fourunder par 67 in the final round at Le National Golf Club to secure his best finish for the 2012 season.

Campbell, who has made only three cuts this year in Europe, was back near his best in the final round as he finished two under par, six shots back from champion Marcel Siem of Germany.

Campbell earned $81,000 and gained some valuable confidence and belief he can still compete on the European Tour.

His best result ahead of his week in Paris was a tie for 60th at the BMW International Open in Germany.

Also in Europe, 77-year-old Sir Bob Charles enjoyed a fine week at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland, beating his age in all three rounds.

New Zealand's first major champion, who bettered his age by 10 shots with a remarkable four under par in round one, backed it up with 73 and 72 on the weekend to finish tied 42nd.

Sir Bob finished on a one over par total in his first event of 2012, 13 shots back from American winner Tim Thelen.

It was a great result for Sir Bob, who these days considers himself a fulltime farmer and a part-time golfer. The 1963 British Open champion will return to the venue of his most famous win as a spectator when Royal Lytham & St Annes hosts the 140th Open Championship in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Richard Lee finished in a share of 52nd place at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational in Japan after carding a one under par 71 in the final round.

Lee, whose best finish in 2012 is 26th at the Token Homemate Cup, earned $6000 for his effort.

- APNZ

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