How do you describe Donald Campbell?

Image copyright AP Image caption Gary Player was one of many who said he did not know how he could win so many tournaments

When he was a teenager, Donald Campbell ranked 15th in the world in 1967 and a lot of golfers were amazed at his amazing run of success.

“It was unbelievable,” Tiger Woods once said. “I just don’t know how he could do it.”

In the late 1960s the Kid was an affable journeyman, with nine titles to his name, but he had won the biggest tournament in the world for the three previous years and everything was going well.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A decades old photo shows a 14-year-old Donald Campbell in 1965

Then he upset all the odds at the 1966 Open at Royal Birkdale, and never looked back.

Through the 1970s he seemed unstoppable, winning eight majors and two Olympic medals.

From 1976 to 1982 he was within one stroke of the top spot in the world for 222 consecutive weeks.

Where is he now?

Campbell is still with us, having passed away last Sunday aged 84. He won the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982, but a wrist injury curtailed his once promising career.

Known for his love of golf and his connection with Australia’s eastern states, Campbell was part of the country’s golden era of sport – sharing the sporting spotlight with golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Trevor Immelman, who are now in the upper echelons of the game.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Campbell won the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982

What were his achievements?

He won the US Open twice in the 1970s, and five times more on the European Tour.

In the world rankings he was first to 1,000 in 1969, and stayed in the top 10 right up until he played his last tournament in 1982.

But apart from an injury that ruled him out of this year’s Masters, he is best remembered for his time at Birkdale.

Five times medalled at the Olympics

He was first-named the world’s best golfer in 1970, winning the Australian Open in 1975 and 1976.

In 1982 he was named the best golfer in the world.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Campbell was named the best golfer in the world in 1982

Had he kept going?

In recent years it has been suggested he would have won more majors.

He was runner-up three times at Augusta – in 1975, 1982 and 1985 – but none of those results was to be his ultimate goal.

What about his life post-golf?

Campbell coached many children, including Australian great Peter Thomson, but also came out as gay. He turned 70 last December and spent much of his final days in a care home.

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