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Michael Campbell won the 2005 at Pinehurst US Open by two shots © Getty Images
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Former US Open champion Michael Campbell will not return to the scene of his 2005 victory at Pinehurst next month after separating from his wife.

Campbell, who nine years ago held off Tiger Woods to win the only major title of his career, admitted he was not "mentally ready" to play competitive golf and will also miss next week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

In a statement on his website, Campbell wrote: "Sorry I have been off the radar since playing at the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

"I have had some problems with a tendon in my left ankle that stopped me from playing for two to three months. The good news is that I am back swinging and now managing to play 18 holes.

"On a personal note, I have some sad news. Unfortunately Julie and I have separated. Our children remain our number one focus as we move forwards - as parents first and foremost while remaining both friends and business partners.

"As I do not feel that I am either fully physically or mentally ready to play tournament golf at the highest level, after much deliberation I have decided not to play in the BMW PGA Championship, the US Open or the events in between. I want to get back to my best and I believe this is the best strategy to achieve this.

"I look forward to seeing you all out on the course later in the summer!"

Campbell's victory at Pinehurst nine years ago made him the first New Zealander to win a major since Bob Charles in 1963. Since then Campbell has seen his fortunes slide and made just five cuts on the European Tour last season.

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