1 Feb 2013

Campbell struggling in third Middle East event

5:49 am on 1 February 2013

It's been a struggle for Michael Campbell on the opening day of the European Golf Tour's third event in the Middle East.

After top-20 finishes in the last two weeks, the New Zealand number one will be doing well to make the cut at the Dubai Desert Classic thanks to an opening round of 73 which has him well down the field in a tie for 101st.

The South African Richard Sterne shot a scintillating 62 in perfect conditions to lead by one from the Scot Stephen Gallacher.

Sterne's appearances in recent years have been severely limited because of a back injury.