1 Dec 2011

Campbell after just one kind of green at Clearwater

8:13 am on 1 December 2011

The former US Open golf champion Michael Campbell says money is the last thing on his mind as he prepares for his assault on the New Zealand Open starting in Christchurch today.

The Titahi Bay product will be one of the first golfers on the Clearwater course, teeing off his first round just before 8 o'clock.

Campbell won the event back in 2000 before reaching the peak of his career in 2005 beating Tiger Woods for the US Open title.

However the 42-year-old is far from the force he once was and has suffered a steady drop in form, revealing he was on the brink of giving the sport away last year.

Campbell says he's desperate to perform on home soil and and the tournament prize purse means nothing.