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Campbell taking nothing for granted in Doha

GOLF: Michael Campbell is living proof that every tunnel, no matter how dark or how long, does have light at the end of it.

Just over six months ago the 2005 US Open champion missed his 18th cut in 20 tournaments at the Irish Open and stood 910th in the world.

Now he is back up to 264th and there is a chance to make another almighty leap forward after he resumed the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha today just a shot behind leaders Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Ricardo Santos and Marcus Fraser.

After back-to-back rounds of 68 put him eight under par at halfway -- the event had a Wednesday start -- Campbell said: "There are no guarantees in this game and I have no expectations at all. I just want to enjoy myself."

The 43-year-old New Zealander's battle with Tiger Woods at Pinehurst eight years ago even brought a suspension to parliamentary business in his home country.

He added the World Match Play title at Wentworth later the same season, but has not tasted success since.

A third-place finish at the Portugal Masters in October showed what he is capable of and he was on the leaderboards in Hong Kong the following month and Abu Dhabi last week.

American Ryder Cup player Jason Dufner and England's Simon Khan made brilliant bursts to the top of the leaderboard early on the third day of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Dufner, on a two-week trip to the Middle East and ninth in Abu Dhabi last Sunday, was only joint 42nd at halfway, but went to the turn in 32 and then started the back nine with two more birdies.

That brought him alongside the four overnight pacesetters Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Marcus Fraser and Ricardo Santos before they had even teed off again. Khan then made it a six-way tie when he birdied five of the first six holes to reach nine under.