Friday, 19 March 2010

(Reuters) - Padraig Harrington's dramatic Open Championship success has shaken 2005 US Open Champion Michael Campbell out of "sleep mode" the New Zealander said, and given him the urge to win more Majors.

Speaking the day before playing in The KLM Open, Campbell, who has fallen to 124th in the Official World Golf Rankings, admitted he had lost his competitive edge since holding off Tiger Woods to claim his maiden Major title at Pinehurst No.2 two years ago.

Watching his friend Harrington overcome another of his friends, Sergio Garcia, at Carnoustie last month, has proved great inspiration.

"I've been a bit tame for the last two years, my Major win has lingered on too much and it's time to start working again," Campbell said at the Kennemer course.

"Padraig and I had a discussion and I told him my lifetime goal had been to win a Major. When I'd done it my mind and body went into sleep mode.

"Talking to him, and his ambitions to win more Majors, I reassessed my own goals. Now I don't want to be a one-hit wonder, I want to be a multi-major winner.

"Resetting my goals has helped rekindle the fire in my belly and that's through watching my mates win Majors."

Working on Harrington's premise that if he could win a Major then so could any of his week-by-week opponents, Campbell forecast a renaissance in Majors by European Tour players, similar to the 1980s and 1990s when Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.
 
"These things come back, a bit like boomarangs," Campbell added. "If they can beat Campbell, Cabrera or Harrington then they can win Majors."

Langer is one of Campbell's opponents this week. The 49 year old, who plays in the same field as his 17 year old amateur son Stefan, turns 50 on Monday to be eligible for the seniors tours.

Campbell plays the first two round with the holder Simon Dyson of England and home favourite Maarten Lafeber, the 2003 winner.

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