Pride intact, captain Jones ends Solheim career


DUNSANY, Ireland – Rosie Jones knows what it's like to win and lose a Solheim Cup as a player. She's bummed that she'll only know what it's like to lose one as a captain.

The winner of 13 LPGA titles, Jones compiled an 11-9-2 record while playing in seven Solheim Cups. She developed the reputation for being a gritty competitor and one of the best putters in the history of women's golf. Former U.S. Solheim Cup captain Patty Sheehan labeled Jones 'her little Rosebud.'

Jones was asked Sunday following Europe's 15-13 victory at the Solheim Cup if it was more difficult to lose as a player or as a captain.

'It's really hard to lose no matter what,' Jones said. 'As a player you know you're going to come back and have a chance at it again. I don't think I'm going to have that. There are too many great captains behind me.

'I was a proud way to end my career. It's not fun to lose any way, but I'm proud. I'm still proud of the job I did, the job this team did and I'm proud to be associated with this tournament.'