To the City of Love


The post-Ryder Cup celebration for Europe moves on from the home of golf in Scotland and into the city of love for the Trophee Lancome.
This will be the 33rd edition of the tournament, all held at the St. Nom La Breteche Golf Club in Paris.
With the list of past champions being an impressive one - 23 of the 32 past champions have at least one major to their credit - the field will once again be strong.
Last year's winner, Sergio Garcia, though not yet a major winner, will be back to defend his title.
Garcia defeated the 2000 champion, Retief Goosen, in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, making up four strokes in the event's final four holes to edge out Goosen by a shot. Three of the strokes he made up came on consecutive 15-foot birdie putts at the 15th, 16th, and 17th.
The race for the European Order of Merit just got a lot more interesting as Padraig Harrington won in sudden death in the Dunhill Links Championship. The $808,000 first-place check vaulted him into the mix with Goosen and Ernie Els.
Goosen at the moment is $47,000 in front of Els and just $53,000 clear of Harrington after the Irishman's big win at St. Andrews. Coincidentally, none of the three are entered in Paris.
For Garcia to defend his title, he will have to beat a strong field which includes a couple of multiple winners from this seasons European Tour in the likes of Justin Rose and Adam Scott and also past Trophee Lancome champions like the red-hot Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam.

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