Originally created 09/15/03

Goosen wins Lancome Trophy



SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France -- Retief Goosen won the Lancome Trophy for his first title of the year, closing with a 1-under-par 70 Sunday for a four-stroke victory.

The South African entered the final round with a three-shot lead and finished at 18-under 266. Ireland's Paul McGinley (71) was at 270 and England's Ian Poulter (70) and France's Raphael Jacquelin (67) were at 271.

British Open winner Ben Curtis shot a 72 for 287. He had not played for 10 days before the Lancome, enjoying his honeymoon with wife Candice, which included four days in Monaco.

"It was a great week in Paris, but obviously I just didn't play well out here," Curtis said. "I just hit some bad shots."

He shot rounds of 69-72-74-72 and never got any momentum going.

"After stopping a few days it always takes a couple of days to get back into the swing," he said.

Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, has won at least one title in each of his last nine seasons. He earned $339,000 for this victory.

"I was fighting myself, my swing, cameras going off everywhere, video cameras running," Goosen said. "It was difficult to keep focused."

Goosen captured the Lancome Trophy in 2000 and was runner-up in 2001 when he squandered a four-stroke lead with four holes left. He has won four times in France, having also taken the French Open title in 1997 and 1999.