Winner of last US Open at Pinehurst will not play this year

Michael Campbell will sit this one out. (Getty Images)
Michael Campbell will sit this one out. (Getty Images)

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Last time the US Open was at Pinehurst, Michael Campbell staved off a guy named Tiger Woods for his first (and only) major golf championship and you'd think he'd want to defend this year at Pinehurst.

Campbell delivered the news on his website earlier this week.

"I have had some problems with a tendon in my left ankle that stopped me from playing for two to three months. The good news is that I am back swinging and now managing to play 18 holes.

"On a personal note, I have some sad news. Unfortunately Julie and I have separated. Our children remain our number one focus as we move forwards – as parents first and foremost while remaining both friends and business partners.

"As I do not feel that I am either fully physically or mentally ready to play tournament golf at the highest level, after much deliberation I have decided not to play in the BMW PGA Championship, the US Open or the events in between. I want to get back to my best and I believe this is the best strategy to achieve this.

"I look forward to seeing you all out on the course later in the summer!"

Since that win nine years go Campbell has not fared well at the nation's championship golf tournament. He's only made the cut once and that was a T58 in 2007.

As John Garrity outlined for Campbell's road has been a long, complicated one. He has, in not so many words, gone the way of David Duval.

"Campbell's swing, Yarwood insists, was never the problem. 'Michael's got short legs, a wide back, and long arms for his frame, and that's all conducive to creating a simple, one-plane, one-axis swing. In recent years he's swung exactly the same or better than he did when he won the U.S. Open. But the results have been very poor. The only conclusion you can draw is that he's got some psychological scar tissue.'"

It's a bummer he won't be competing next month whether he was competitive or not because he would still be a storyline.

And I do love a storyline.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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