WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Michael Campbell has withdrawn from the New Zealand Open next month, delaying his comeback from a shoulder injury.
The 2005 U.S. Open champion, sidelined since October, had hoped to make a competitive return in the March 12-15 tournament.
But the New Zealander told event organizers Thursday that his rehabilitation was behind schedule and that he won't be fit enough to play in the event sanctioned by the Australasian and Nationwide tours. He still hopes to play before the Masters.
``I am pleased to report that I can see light at the end of the tunnel and the injury is responding well to the rehabilitation program,'' Campbell said. ``Unfortunately, the timeframe does not afford me the opportunity to be ready to play the New Zealand Open.
``This is an event close to my heart and I am hugely disappointed to be forced to miss my first (New Zealand) Open since I was an amateur.''
Campbell said he would soon return to the United States to resume work with coach Jonathan Yarwood and hopes to play in the Transitions Championships and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March.