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Campbell drops out of Hong Kong Open

Campbell drops out of Hong Kong Open

Michael Campbell has dropped out of the Hong Kong Open due to a nagging right shoulder injury, and the former U.S. Open champion cast doubt Friday on his participation in the upcoming Australian Masters.
Organizers said in a statement Friday that the New Zealander won't play in the second round after shooting a 1-over 71 in the first round of the $2.5 million European Tour and Asian Tour event, putting him seven shots behind leaders Richard Sterne from South Africa and Liang Wenchong from China.
Campbell said in a statement Friday he his long-term health would take precedence over the Australian Masters in Melbourne scheduled for Nov. 27-30, with his participation pending the results of an MRI scan on Monday in Sydney, where he is based.
The 2005 U.S. Open champion said the injury, which had bothered him since the British Open in July, was so painful Thursday night he had to call for a doctor, who said there was no tissue damage.
"But I have to now look at the bigger picture and whilst I am due to play next week's Australian Masters, I also see 2009 as a big year for me with the new Race to Dubai schedule," Campbell said, referring to the new European Tour schedule.
"So I have to be cautious and just take things from here."


Updated : 2021-10-27 18:13 GMT+08:00