New Zealand Open Welcomes Michael Campbell Out of Retirement

Fri 21 Dec 2018

New Zealand Open Welcomes Michael Campbell Out of Retirement


Sentosa, Singapore, December 21: Organisers of the New Zealand Open today announced that former US Open champion, Michael Campbell, will re-commence his career, following three years in retirement, at next year’s 100th NZ Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills in February 2019.

“I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my golfing career at the 100th NZ Open in Queenstown. It’s been three years since I retired and I now plan to join the Senior Tour.  I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season than playing at home, in what is going to be a milestone event.

“The New Zealand Open is one of my favourite golfing tournaments. We are lucky to have an event of this calibre here in NZ – it brings top international talent to NZ and has helped me and many others progress our careers.  I couldn’t miss being part of the 100th celebration,” said Campbell.

Retired from competitive golf since 2015, his 50th birthday coincides with the week of celebratory events leading up to the 100th New Zealand Open. Achieving that milestone means he now qualifies for the PGA and European Senior Tours. His participation in the 100th New Zealand Open signals his first step back into the game he loves.

One of only three Kiwi Professionals to have won a golf major, Campbell shot to fame when he beat Tiger Woods to win the 2005 US Open Championship.

Campbell and the 100th New Zealand Open team are also thrilled to announce Manuka Doctor (a sponsor of Campbell) will join the list of major sponsors for the event.  

“To have a home-grown successful New Zealand company like Manuka Doctor come on board is a real vote of confidence in our event. We are absolutely delighted that they have elected to be a part of our 100th tournament celebration,” says Tournament Committee Chairman, John Hart.

Manuka Doctor is a New Zealand company taking iconic Manuka honey to the international arena with genuine, authentic true-to-label Manuka honey and skincare products. Manuka honey has been dubbed a superfood so it seemed like a perfect pairing to help power the players at the New Zealand Open with natural energy of Manuka honey.  

“We are thrilled Michael Campbell – one of New Zealand’s golfing elite – will be playing in the New Zealand Open. It’s great to be able to bring him home to play in such a premium golfing event being played out in picture perfect Queenstown. Together we are showcasing the very best of New Zealand to the world,” says Nicola MacFarlane, Manuka Doctor. 

With less than 100 days until the 100th New Zealand Open tees off in Queenstown, interest is running high as more and more international players and sponsors confirm their support.

”It is a thrill for us to have Michael Campbell return to play in New Zealand again and we are particularly grateful that, through our association with Manuka Doctor, we are able to add a former major winner of his calibre to our field,” said Hart.

“100 years of the NZ Open is something all Kiwis should feel proud of. This is an iconic sporting event and one that deserves celebrating.”


About the 100th New Zealand Open

  • The tournament is one of New Zealand’s leading sporting events with a long and prestigious history.
  • The tournament was founded in 1907 and will be played for the 100th time in 2019.
  • The tournament is a co-sanctioned event on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour schedules.
  • The tournament also has a partnership agreement with the Japan Golf Tour
  • A professional field of 152 players will play the first two rounds alternately at Millbrook Resort and The Hills before the second round cut of 60 + ties 
  • The final 2 rounds will be played at The Hills
  • The New Zealand Open Champion will be the leading player after 72 holes of stroke play
  • The tournament also hosts 152 amateur players, each partnering with a Professional in a two-man best-ball event, competing for the NZ Pro-Am Championship

Follow developments for the New Zealand Open: Facebook: NZ Open @NZOpenGolf  #NZOpen100  

About the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

As one of the leading Professional golf tours worldwide, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is the elite tournament destination for Professional golf in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. 

All tournaments on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia carry Official World Golf Ranking points. The PGA of Australia sanctions around 300 tournaments across the Australasia region offering a total prize pool in excess of AU $12 million. 

While the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia regularly features Australia’s best Professionals including Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman; it also attracts some of the biggest international names in world golf including Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. 

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is a founding member of the International Federation of PGA Tours. The International Federation is responsible for generating funds for the worldwide development and expansion of the game and the management and sanctioning of prestigious tournaments including the World Golf Championships and the World Cup of Golf.  

About Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.