Chad Campbell, PGA TOUR
3-time Ryder Cup Member
Multiple PGA TOUR Champion
Runner-Up, The Masters (2009)
Arguably the top transfer in UNLV golf history, Chad Campbell came to Las Vegas as a junior-college All-American from Midland College in 1994 and left as one of the most consistent Rebels ever. The big-hitting Texan played every round of every tournament during his two seasons and led the squad with 16 rounds par-or-under in his final campaign.
One of two senior leaders in 1995-96 along with Chris Riley, the quiet big man spoke loudly with his clubs for one of the greatest-ever Rebel squads. His 15 career top-20 finishes included helping UNLV charge back from 11 strokes back on the final day of the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational with Campbell earning medallist honors. That team ultimately finished three strokes behind Arizona State at the 1996 NCAA Championship and posted a then-school-best No. 2 national finish.
Campbell, a third-team All-American and a 2006 inductee into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame, earned his degree in hotel administration before turning pro. A 13-time winner on the Hooters Tour, he eventually was the leading money winner and tour MVP three times. In 2001, Campbell became only the third player to be promoted from the Buy.com Tour (now Web.com) to the PGA Tour after he won his third event of the season and set the tour record for single-season earnings.
Almost overnight, this Texan-turned-Rebel became one of the most feared players on the PGA Tour. He finished the 2002 season with more than $825,000 in earnings and a pair of top-10 showings. After three runner-up finishes the next year, Campbell struck gold with a victory at the 2003 PGA Tour Championship, the final event of the season and a payday worth more than $1 million.
He completed his second full year on Tour in 2003, finishing seventh on the money list with almost $4 million in earnings. He has now won four total tournaments – the others: the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational, the 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the 2007 Viking Classic.Campbell played for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup for a third time in 2008 and for his career, he has earned more than $22.2 million on the PGA Tour.