Golf: Campbell misses out in Hong Kong

By Kris Shannon

Michael Campbell during the UBS Hong Kong open. Photo / Getty Images
Michael Campbell during the UBS Hong Kong open. Photo / Getty Images

Michael Campbell has failed in an attempt to win his first tournament since 2005, shooting a two over par 72 to finish tied for eighth at the Hong Kong Open tonight.

Having endured a torrid time since winning the World Match Play Championship in 2005 - the same year as his US Open triumph - things have begun to turn around for Campbell in 2012.

He has enjoyed three top-15 finishes on the European Tour, including a third place at last month's Portugal Masters.

Campbell looked like he could go even better in Hong Kong, heading into today's final round on -10 and with a share of the lead.

But, after Campbell birdied the first, playing partner Miguel Angel Jimenez proved too good, nailing three birdies in a row on the front nine to storm clear. Campbell managed another birdie on the seventh to pull within two shots, but Jimenez continued to streak away.

The Spaniard eventually prevailed with a -15 total, while Campbell finished seven strokes back after making a double bogey on the final hole.

It was another encouraging return for the 43-year-old but he will be disappointed his 2618-day wait for a trophy will continue.

- APNZ

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