Mallon Hoping for a Return to Form

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2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio - A year ago, Meg Mallon was the hottest player on the planet.
 
On the heels of her wins at the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, Mallon overcame a four-shot deficit in the final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger by firing a 4-under-par 68 at Highland Meadows Country Club to top Karen Stupples and defending champion Se Ri Pak by one for the title.
 
A year later, Mallon returns to defend her title against and a 144-player field as they battle for the $180,000 first-prize check of the $1.2 million purse.
 
Her win here a year ago capped a red-hot summer for Mallon, as she won three out of five events she played in.
 
Mallon, an alumnus of The Ohio State University, returns to the Buckeye State against a top-notch field that features some of the top American talent on the LPGA Tour.
 
Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer join sponsor invites Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel. All five players finished in the top 10 in the U.S. Women's Open, with amateur Pressel and then-amateur Lang coming in second to Birdie Kim. After her tie for second at the U.S. Women's Open, Lang, 19, is turning professional this week.
 
Creamer, the current leader in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race, is chasing a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. With her strong finish at the U.S. Women's Open, Gulbis has moved into the top 10 in points standings and is looking to strengthen her position for an automatic spot on the team.
 
Lang has already appeared in three events on the LPGA Tour schedule this year, finishing in a tie for 15th at the LPGA Corning Classic to go with her runner-up finish at the U.S. Women's Open. She missed the cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
 
Pressel, 17, is making her fifth appearance in an event on the LPGA Tour schedule this year. She has finished in the top 20 three times and has one top five.
 
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