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European Tour to visit Brazil in 2000

The European Tour will travel to South America for the first time next year when the Sao Paulo Golf Club hosts the $750,000 Brazil 500 Years Open from March 30-April 2.

Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by Portuguese Alvares Cabral.

The Sao Paulo club, the oldest in Brazil, was founded in 1901 by British railway engineers, many of them Scottish.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Mark James won the Sao Paulo Open in 1981 on a course described as traditional and competitive.

European Tour executive director Ken Schofield said on Tuesday: ~This historic announcement provides further impetus to our drive to internationalise the game of golf.