New Zealand’s Ben Campbell has made the most of his first start in Asia for the 2018 Asian Tour season with a brilliant runner-up result at the Bangladesh Open.
Campbell earned status at Q-School earlier in the year but has played just twice since, when he teed up at the co-sanctioned ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open and the tri-sanctioned ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
However, after some brilliant play in Bangladesh, he may decide to play more events after rounds of 70-66-68-69 saw him share second place, three shots behind winner Malcolm Kokocinski.
“It’s a great finish. I came into the week thinking I might be able to complete the tournament as I had a back injury. So to finish joint-second, this week feels really good,” said Campbell who won the Horizon Golf NZ PGA Championship on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia earlier this year.
“I have a lot of positives to take out from this week. I chipped it really well, my tee shots were good too, although I lost it a little bit on the back nine.
“I didn’t really get off to a good start today. It was tough around the greens. I knew I had to make some birdies but my chipping was good. I hit a lot of fairways and gave myself a lot of chances.
“It was close and I look forward to heading to China next week for the Asia Pacific Classic. I hope to get some practice and do what I need to work on. It’s always good to get a good start to the season, so I can’t complain.”
Campbell was the best of 11 Australasians to make the trip to Bangladesh, with David Gleeson next best of the group at T-11. The other Kiwi in the field, Gareth Paddison, finished T-56.