Andrew Svoboda chips onto the second green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, March 19, 2015.(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)
Reinhold Matay
April 03, 2016

SAO PAULO (AP) Andrew Svoboda rallied to win the Tour's Brazil Champions on Sunday, closing with a birdie to overcome a one-stroke deficit to Bhavik Patel.

Svoboda birdied the par-4 18th for a 4-under 67, and Patel closed with a bogey to finish a stroke back in his second event since returning for a doping suspension and hip injury.

The 36-year-old Svoboda finished at 23-under 261 at Sao Paulo Golf Club and earned $126,000 for his third career Tour title. He won twice on the tour in 2013 and tied for second in 2014 in the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The former St. John's player is from Larchmont, New York.

The 25-year-old Patel, a former Fresno State player from Bakersfield, California, also closed with a 67. He sat out last season after being suspended for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy.

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