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European Women Golfers Beat US for Solheim Cup - 2003-09-14

Europe's women golfers have taken the Solheim Cup away from the United States by beating the American team 17.5 to 10.5 in Loddekopinge, Sweden, on Sunday.

U.S. captain Patty Sheehan said her players tried as hard as they could, but admitted they lost to a better team. Sheehan also expressed surprise that four of her players conceded their singles matches after Britain's Catriona Matthew clinched the Cup for Europe by defeating American Rosie Jones by 3 and 1.

Sheehan, who led the Americans to victory at Interlachen in Minnesota last year, said it "was a bit weird" and she had never seen it happen before. She also said she did not know who decided to concede the matches, but that it was not her. She went on to say she hopes it will never happen again, and thinks some rule will be in place before the next Solheim. Officials confirmed that the issue would be addressed before the next matches at Crooked Stick in Indiana in 2005.

Meanwhile, South African golfer Retief Goosen captured his second Lancome Trophy by four strokes on Sunday, after carding a final-round one-under-par 70 in France.

Goosen finished the tournament with an 18-under par total of 266, to collect his eighth win on the European Tour. It was his ninth career victory, counting his win at the U.S. Open in 2001.

Ireland's Paul McGinley shot a 71 to finish second with a total of 270, while France's Raphael Jacquelin and England's Ian Poulter tied for third, another stroke back at 271.

The 34-year-old Goosen held a three-shot overnight lead, which was twice cut to a single shot on Sunday. Currently 22nd in the U.S. money list, Goosen hopes to figure among the top-30 to line up in the Tour Championship.