By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- It was only three years ago that Chad Campbell had a chance to add a green jacket to his closet.
Campbell tied for second in the 2009 Masters, where he went to a playoff with Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry. He was eliminated on the first extra hole, however, when he missed a 4-footer to save par. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Campbell, who began his week at Augusta National with five birdies in his first five holes.
Thursday, Campbell put himself in good position again with a 4-under 67 in sunny but windy and cool conditions at Harbour Town, where he’s looking for his first victory in five years.
The 67 matches his second-lowest score of what’s been a largely disappointing year for Campbell. In nine starts, he’s missed five cuts and failed to finish in the top 25.
“I haven't felt like I've been that far off,” Campbell said. “But the results haven't been good at all. I feel like I've been working on the right things and heading the right direction. I feel like I'm starting to get better.”
Watching the Masters from home last week, Campbell tried not to think about what almost was three years ago.
That’s easier said than done.
“It's definitely disappointing when I start thinking back,” he said. “Kind of a missed opportunity. I stay positive and hopefully in the years to come I'll be back in that situation.”
A win here, would earn him a spot in next year’s Masters field.
It would also earn him a jacket.
”I've got a navy one and a black one,” Campbell said. “I'd like to have a plaid one.”