Golf Champ's Unique Inspiration...

Jun 06, 2013 | Posted in News & Updates

Campbell's unique inspiration for Merion

Michael Campbell has found an unlikely source of knowledge about the Merion Golf Club ahead of next week’s 113th US Open Championship in Pennsylvania.

Michael Campbell

The 2005 champion, who has never played at the infamous layout, was recently invited to a KISS concert by lead guitarist and his good mate, Tommy Thayer. The hard rock veteran gave him the full rundown of the course and how he needed to play to make the cut at the US Open for the first time since 2007.
Tommy is an absolute golf tragic and he was telling me that that the last time Merion hosted the US Open was when David Graham won in the 1980s, so it was a long time ago,” said Campbell from his home in Marbella, Spain.

“He told me that it was a really tricky golf course and that you need to hit the ball straight and have a good short game. He was giving me some good tips. The strength of my game is my iron play and he said that is what you need to play Merion well. It is similar to Pinehurst in that regard.”

Campbell is excited to be back at the US Open. It’s a tournament that he has a special history with since his career defining win at Pinehurst No.2 in 2005.

photos - Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion was recently invited to a KISS concert by lead guitarist, and his good mate, Tommy Thayer.