BEIJING, CHINA—Canadian veteran Peter Campbell is eager to defend his title at this week’s Beijing Championship as he tries to kick his game into gear after getting off to a “slow start” in PGA TOUR Series-China’s opening three events.
During last year’s action, Campbell, 36, was a surprise champion after the then-ranked 55th player on the Order of Merit managed to edge China’s Huilin Zhang and win his first professional title, with a final score of 17-under par. The win catapulted Campbell up the money list to ninth. He would go on to finish the season in 13th place, three spots shy of earning entry into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
This year, Campbell arrives at Topwin Golf and Country Club ranked 47th on the Order of Merit after an indifferent start to 2019. Campbell underwent knee surgery in January, which may have slowed him. He has since recovered nicely, making three straight cuts heading into Beijing.
“It’s cool coming back here, and I feel confident. This is probably one of my favorite courses of the year, so I think it’s just a great layout and I always have fun playing it,” said Campbell. “I had a slow start to get it going this year, but I am looking to building on the first three events. I made all three cuts but finished middle of the pack, so (I) want to finish higher this week.”
Campbell, who turned pro in 2007, has also previously played on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada in his native country (37 career starts) and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica (46 career starts). He is also one of the rare players who has seen action on five of the PGA TOUR’s six global Tours. He’s played in one PGA TOUR event (the 2008 Buick Invitational) and two Web.com Tour tournaments (one each in 2014 and 2015). He has one runner-up finish each on the Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, but he had his best results in China, where he says he enjoys the course layouts, even comparing the nice conditions here this week to summertime in his home province of Nova Scotia, home to his wife and two children.
“This week is very similar to Canada, more of a modern-style golf course, and the weather this week is awesome. It feels like Nova Scotia in the summertime,” said Campbell, who, unsurprisingly, plans to stick to the same game plan that helped him seal the deal last year. “I’m trying to win again and play well. I feel like I have a good plan for this golf course, and, I mean, it obviously worked last year, so I just need to keep that going. Then I think it can be a good week.”