Originally created 04/03/00

Harrington wins Sao Paulo 500 Years Open



SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington won the Sao Paulo 500 years Open on Sunday, closing with a 3-under-par 68 for a two-stroke victory over American Gerry Norquist.

Harrington, coming off a playoff loss to England's Roger Chapman last week in Rio de Janeiro, finished with a 14-under 270 total on the Sao Paulo Golf Club course.

"I felt very relaxed, even after losing last week. I didn't let it get on top of me," said Harrington, preparing for his first start in the Masters. "I felt comfortable and made a couple of good 20-footers on the back nine. I came to Brazil for competitive practice and I got that."

Norquist, the Malaysian Open winner last year, also finished with a 68. Englishmen Greg Owen, Ian Poulter and Steve Webster, Argentina's Eduardo Romero and Paraguay's Pedro Rodolfo Martinez tied for third at 274.