Las Vegas, Nevada (April 14, 2012)–It's been awhile since Las Vegas PGA Tour star Chad Campbell has been in contention on the PGA Tour. But heading into the weekend, Campbell was near the leaders at the RBC Heritage. And this came after spending last week watching The Masters on television.–By Brian Hurlburt. Follow @LVGolfInsider
"I love watching the Masters," Campbell told the media after the first round of the RBC. "I love playing in the Masters, more than anything. But unfortunately I wasn't there this year and I love watching, watched most of the coverage. It's definitely disappointing when I start thinking back to ‑‑ I try not to as much as possible, kind of a missed opportunity. I stay positive and hopefully years to come I'll be back in that situation." Campbell lost in a playoff at the 2010 Masters.
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When asked if sitting back and having to watch The Masters added motivation, Cambpell said he wasn't sure but didn't disimiss the idea totally. "I don't think (it did)," said Campbell. "I have the same goals every week: I come out to play. I come out here to try to win golf tournaments. And I'm always motivated to play and get better or do better. Even though the results hadn't showed it, I understand what you're saying. But maybe unconsciously, subconsciously it did, I don't know. You never know."
Besides the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an unofficial event, you have to go back to the 2011 British Open Championship to find a top 10 for Campbell. He finished tied fifth that week. This season has been a tough one for the former UNLV Rebel golfer.
"It hasn't been really that good at all," said Campbell. "I haven't felt like I've been that far off, 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. And the last couple of weeks I started to play a couple of good rounds here and there. And I feel like I'm starting to get better."