Michael Campbell is threatening to boycott the New Zealand Open because ticket prices have soared as organizers bid to recoup $2 million US in appearance money demanded by Tiger Woods.
New Zealand's top golfer was reported Wednesday to be disgusted over the $205 price of a weeklong spectator ticket, as is fellow Kiwi Greg Turner.
A weeklong pass last year cost $20.50.
Turner said the suggested prices were a "gross insult" to local fans.
Campbell and compatriot Steve Williams, Woods' caddie, were instrumental in enticing the world No. 1 player to play in New Zealand a week after the PGA Tour opener in Hawaii.
Williams, who grew up near the Paraparaumu Beach course that will plays host to the Jan. 10-13 New Zealand Open, is also part of a group sponsoring the event.
But Campbell, the 2000 New Zealand Open champion who has agreed to play for no appearance fee, said he'd pull out unless the price of tickets is reduced.
Tournament spokesman Steve Wilkins refused to comment on Campbell's threat.
Campbell, who is in Scotland, was quoted in The Dominion newspaper saying he was very disappointed with the ticket prices.
"The New Zealand Open is for all New Zealanders and they should not be priced out of going to it," he said. "It is great that Tiger Woods is playing, but his presence should not mean young New Zealanders can't go to Paraparaumu."
Campbell soared to prominence in 1995 by leading the British Open at St. Andrews after three rounds in his rookie season before falling back in the field.
After overcoming a series of injuries, he held off Ernie Els and Woods to win the first event of the 2000 European Tour season, the Johnnie Walker Classic in Taiwan.
He captured the 2000 New Zealand Open and then won a second successive European Tour event by claiming the Heineken Classic in Perth, Australia. He successfully defended the Heineken Classic in 2001.