Originally created 04/03/00

Harrington prepares for Masters by winning

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.


For the second time in four tournaments this year, Chad Campbell has won a tournament, this time the 72-hole event in Matthews, N.C.

Campbell won by seven shots over Scott Hebert, shooting 23-under par 261 to pick up the $20,000 check.

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor closed with a 1-under 70 and a 273 total to tie for sixth and earn $2,300.

The Hooters pros move to Dawsonville, Ga., this week at the Gold Creek Resort.


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