Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
College: University of Illinois
Turned Professional: 2015
2015-2016 FedEx Cup Rank: N/A
Professional Wins: N/A
Honors & Accolades: N/A
- Scoring - Brian Campbell doesn’t impress you with prodigious drives like many young guns but rather his knack for getting the ball in the hole. Last year on the Web.com Tour, Campbell ranked in the top 12 of Driving Accuracy, Putting Average, Birdie Average and Scoring Average. Nice stats to be good at.
Areas for Improvement
- Sandies - One of the few stats from the 2016 Web.com season where Campbell was below average was sand saves, getting only 45% of his chances up and down. Campbell only found 45 bunkers so read into this with a grain of salt.
A look at Brian Campbell’s swing
Unreal position at the top, Nicklaus like, textbook. Then he keeps it on plane coming down with good club lag, clearing his lower body and unloading on it.
2016-2017 Season Outlook
Brian Campbell cruised to a PGA Tour card just one year removed from playing college golf at Illinois. Campbell didn’t waste much time showing he could play at the PGA Tour level, getting into contention at the Safeway Open, his first start as a PGA Tour member. With Campbell being a California native, I expect him to play well early on the West Coast Swing and become a PGA Tour mainstay for years to come.
Brian Campbell’s path to the PGA Tour
Growing up in Southern California, Brian Campbell was a high-profile recruit. Campbell had won the prestigious Mission Hill Desert Junior in 2010. Despite getting offers from numerous big-time west coast programs, Campbell decided to pack up his bags for the Midwest to play for the University of Illinois and Mike Small.
The college years
Immediately upon arriving on campus, Campbell became an impact player on a team that included future professional players Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry and Luke Guthrie. As a Freshman, Campbell started all of the spring season events. Campbell really started to come on at the end of his Freshman year playing well in the postseason with a t15th at the Big Ten Championships and a t10th finish at the NCAA Norman Regional.
With tons of confidence, Campbell entered his Sophomore season as a player to watch and he delivered. Campbell finished in the top 20 of three out of his four starts in the fall season, highlighted by a t9th finish at the Isleworth Collegiate.
Spring rolled around and Campbell stayed hot, registering a t11th at the Louisiana Classics, finishing runner-up to teammate Thomas Pieters at the Big Ten Championships and a runner-up finish at the 2013 Fayetteville Regional. At the NCAA Championships, Campbell was solid finishing inside the top 30 with 3 other Illinois players on his way to a 5th place finish and a spot in the 8-team match play field. His strong season earned him a spot as 2nd team All Big-Ten as just a Sophomore.
Campbell’s hot play continued in the summer and he notched top 15 finishes in both the Southwestern Amateur and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur. Campbell also qualified for the U.S. Amateur where he competed at the Country Club.
Heading into his Junior season at Illinois, Campbell’s play had vaulted him into the discussion of best player in the Big 10 and one of the nation’s elite collegiate golfers. He didn’t disappoint. In the fall season, Campbell racked up a top 25 finish at the season-opening Olympia Fields Illini Invitational and then backed it up with a runner-up to teammate Tom Detry at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Then, Campbell headed to the Macdonald Cup where he won his first collegiate event at the historic Yale Golf Course finishing 4-shots clear of the nearest competitor. Campbell wrapped up his stellar fall season with a t8th place finish at the Isleworth Invitational.
Heading into the spring season and well on his way to an All-American level season, Campbell continued to impress finishing runner-up at the USF Invitational and 6th at the Louisiana Classics. Heading into championship season, Campbell hit his stride finishing t12th at the Big Ten Championships before he notched a 4-shot victory at the NCAA Regional at Rich Harvest Farms. At the National Championships, Campbell had a final round surge, shooting a 63 at Prairie Dunes to move into the top 10 of the stroke play portion and help the Illini to their second consecutive match play appearance. The Illini bowed out to Stanford in the first round of match play but Campbell had turned in a historic season breaking Luke Guthrie’s previous scoring record and earning 2nd team All-American Honors, Big Ten Player of the Year honors and unanimous All-Big Ten honors.
The momentum of his great Junior season carried over to summer and he qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst where he shot rounds of 76-70 to narrowly miss the cut. His performance of the summer came at the Western Amateur when he finished t4th in the stroke play portion and reached the semifinals of the match play portion of the prestigious event.
Back for his Senior year at Illinois, Campbell’s fall picked up where he had left off winning the second event of the season, the Wolf Run Invitational. His second win of the season came at a familiar place, the NCAA Regional, this time in Noblesville, Indiana. Campbell’s win came via an impressive final-round 65 to win the event by 3-shots. His final event as an Illini came at the NCAA Finals where Campbell put together another strong performance with a top 25 at the elite event. His season landed him a second consecutive 2nd Team All-American nod and a place in Illinois golf history, holding the 3rd best scoring average in Illinois history.
In his final soiree as an amateur, Campbell competed in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. There he was impressive making the cut and earning low-amateur honors with a t27th finish.
Following the U.S. Open, Campbell turned professional and earned conditional status on the Web.com Tour via Q-School. Campbell turned in an impressive 3rd place finish at 2nd stage but then struggled in the final round of the final stage of Q-School to just miss full-status on the developmental tour.
Not to worry, Campbell earned an early season start in Brazil where he finished t28th. His next start came at the El Bosque Mexico Championship where Campbell earned a top 10 finish. Following a missed cut at United Leasing & Finance Championship, Campbell hit his stride racking up four consecutive top 10 finishes, highlighted by a 2nd place finish at Nashville to vault him into the top 10 on the Web.com Tour money list. Campbell continued his strong play through 2016 and finished 15th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card.
In his first start on the PGA Tour, Campbell found himself in contention at the Safeway Open before a final round 73 set him back to a tie for 50th. Since the calendar turned to 2017, Campbell has played in the CareerBuilder Challenge (t25th) and the Farmers Insurance Open (t41st).