Unsurprisingly, Michael Campbell and Darren Clarke have won the Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month Awards for January and February.
Campbell, the 31-year old from New Zealand, was voted Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month for January following wins in the Heineken Classic and the New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Northern Ireland’s Clarke, also 31, gained his sixth European Tour title when he captured the WGC – Andersen Consulting Match Play at La Costa & Spa, Carlsbad, in California.
Clarke swept past World Number 1 Tiger Woods 4 and 3 in the final of the WGC – Andersen Consulting World Match Play after overcoming World Number 2 David Duval, and, like Campbell, won a unanimous decision in winning the Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month for February.
Both Campbell and Clarke earn £1,000 charity donations for The Golf Foundation.
The Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month Panel, is comprised of Members of the Association of Golf Writers and Sky Television.
Michael McDonnell, President of the Association of Golf Writers, said:
“In what was a terrific start to the year for the European Tour, with it being so heartening to see young players like Anthony Wall and Alastair Forsyth emerge, Michael Campbell’s achievements provided encouragement for all. Michael underlined that no matter how tough it becomes in sport there is a way back, and he was the ideal winner of the first Asprey & Garrard Golfer of the Month Award of the year. He added, “Darren’s performance in the Andersen Consulting World Match Play was engrossing, great theatre, thrilling stuff from start to finish. Darren has become for the moment the standard bearer for European golf, and he reminded everyone of the quality there is to be found on the European Tour.”
Bruce Critchley, representing Sky Television, said:
“Michael Campbell earned the unanimous verdict of the panel, and Darren’s achievement at La Costa was the most enjoyable from the television viewers point of view since Europe won the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.”