Michael Campbell begins 2013 with a top-20

Last updated 08:45 21/01/2013
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ON FORM: Michael Campbell closed with an even-par 72 to finish 17th at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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Michael Campbell appears to have picked up where he left off with a top-20 finish at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to start his 2013 European Tour campaign.

Campbell finished 2012 with four top-15s in his final 10 starts - his best form in five years - and was solid all week at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club as he looks to build on those results following a Christmas break.

He closed with an even-par 72 in this morning's (NZT) final round to end the week with a seven-under par tally of 281, following rounds of 69, 71, 69 and 72. He finished in a share of 17th place, seven shots behind Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who closed with a 68 to win by one shot from England's Justin Rose and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.

The New Zealander collects 25,658 euros ($40,900) for his first week's work of the year.

Meanwhile, Campbell was the hottest property in an auction for the inaugural Golf Premier League near Mumbai next month as eight franchises spent nearly US$700,000 (NZ$ 836,470) to recruit players yesterday.

The former US Open champion was bought for US$61,000 (NZ$72,892) by Shubhkamna Eagles at the auction, while two-times major winner Angel Cabrera went to Maharashtra 59ers and 2011 Open winner Darren Clarke was picked by Uttarakhand Lions, both for US$55,000 (NZ$65,722).

Scheduled to take place February 8-10 at a course near Mumbai, the league, with total prizemoney of US$400,000 (NZ$477,982), will feature two day-night rounds of strokeplay, followed by a final round of the best-ball format.Touted in India as golf's answer to Twenty20 cricket, each round will be played over 14 holes instead of the regular 18.

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