Originally created 09/24/01

Garcia charges past Goosen to win Lancome



SAINT NOM LA BRETECHE, France -- Sergio Garcia produced a five-shot swing over the last four holes and beat U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen by one stroke Sunday to win the Lancome Trophy.

The Spaniard closed with a 65 for an 18-under-par total of 266. Goosen shot a 67 for 267.

"It was absolutely amazing to win," Garcia said after his first victory in Europe in two years.

Garcia wore a back ribbon on his cap all week in tribute to the terrorist victims in the United States.

Goosen was four strokes ahead with four holes to play after making five straight birdies in the middle of his round. But Garcia made birdie putts at Nos. 15-17 and won when the South African bogeyed the final two holes.

"It was unfortunate for Retief with the last couple of putts," Garcia said.

Goosen said that despite his birdie run from the seventh through 11th holes he was not pleased with his game.

"I was struggling with my swing the whole day," he said. "I missed a lot of fairways. Sergio played very well coming in and that is what won him the tournament."

Goosen bogeyed the last two holes of the final round in his U.S. Open victory in June before winning a playoff the following day.

Jean Hugo of South Africa was third with a 66 for 269. Gary Emerson of England shot a 69 for 271 and Niclas Fasth of Sweden was next with a 71 for 272.