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Michael Campbell claimed his third European Tour title of the season without hitting a single shot on Sunday. Campbell won the Linde German Masters when the final round was cancelled due to rain.
 
Soaked greens and unplayable bunkers led organizers to cut the tournament to 54 holes, thus giving third-round leader Campbell the trophy. Argentine Jose Coceres finished second. Britain's Colin Montgomerie and Ireland's Padraig Harrington tied for third.
 
Campbell began the 2000 season with wins at the Johnnie Walker Classic and Heineken Classic. He led the Order of Merit early in the season, and has now put himself back in the money race.
 
'My ultimate goal is to definitely win the Order of Merit, and this obviously helps,' said Campbell, who moves into fifth place on the money list with the first-place check of $400,000.
 
'We've got two big tournaments to come, the Volvo Masters and the World Golf Championship-American Express Championship at Valderrama, so I can do it.'
 
Campbell currently trails Order of Merit leader Lee Westwood, who tied for 11th this week, by $589,000.
 
The Kiwi may have been the only man who left Cologne, Germany with a smile on his face. Everyone else had but one word to describe the Sunday circumstances - 'disappointment.'
 
'It's a big disappointment when you don't even get any chance on the final day,' said Montgomerie, who in search of his eighth-straight Order of Merit title, was in desperate need winning this week.
 
With his tie for third, Monty moves into sixth place on the money list, over $600,000 back of Westwood.
 
'I am disappointed because I know I had a chance to win,' said Coceres, who was one shot back of Campbell through three rounds. 'I was playing well, but I think the fairways were better for fish than golfers.'
 
There are just two full-field events remaining on the European schedule - the Turespana Masters and the Italian Open. Over the next two weeks, the Tour will play host to a couple of unofficial events - the Cisco World Match Play, next week; and the Alfred Dunhill Cup, the following week.
 
Michael Campbell claimed his third European Tour title of the season without hitting a single shot on Sunday. Campbell won the Linde German Masters when the final round was cancelled due to rain.
 
Soaked greens and unplayable bunkers led organizers to cut the tournament to 54 holes, thus giving third-round leader Campbell the trophy. Argentine Jose Coceres finished second. Britain's Colin Montgomerie and Ireland's Padraig Harrington tied for third.
 
Campbell began the 2000 season with wins at the Johnnie Walker Classic and Heineken Classic. He led the Order of Merit early in the season, and has now put himself back in the money race.
 
'My ultimate goal is to definitely win the Order of Merit, and this obviously helps,' said Campbell, who moves into fifth place on the money list with the first-place check of $400,000.
 
'We've got two big tournaments to come, the Volvo Masters and the World Golf Championship-American Express Championship at Valderrama, so I can do it.'
 
Campbell currently trails Order of Merit leader Lee Westwood, who tied for 11th this week, by $589,000.
 
The Kiwi may have been the only man who left Cologne, Germany with a smile on his face. Everyone else had but one word to describe the Sunday circumstances - 'disappointment.'
 
'It's a big disappointment when you don't even get any chance on the final day,' said Montgomerie, who in search of his eighth-straight Order of Merit title, was in desperate need winning this week.
 
With his tie for third, Monty moves into sixth place on the money list, over $600,000 back of Westwood.
 
'I am disappointed because I know I had a chance to win,' said Coceres, who was one shot back of Campbell through three rounds. 'I was playing well, but I think the fairways were better for fish than golfers.'
 
There are just two full-field events remaining on the European schedule - the Turespana Masters and the Italian Open. Over the next two weeks, the Tour will play host to a couple of unofficial events - the Cisco World Match Play, next week; and the Alfred Dunhill Cup, the following week.
 

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