Mallon Primed for Canadian Open Defense


2005 BMO Financial OpenHAMMOND PLAINS, NOVA SCOTIA, Canada - When it comes to title defenses, Meg Mallon has been quite busy this past month.
Mallon is set to defend her third tournament in four weeks, the result of a blistering streak of golf last season in which she won three of five starts during the summer. Mallon will defend the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open this week as the LPGA travels to Glen Arbour Golf Course in Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia, July 14-17.
In the past three weeks, Mallon was also the defending champion at the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA and at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger. Mallon tied for 13th and tied for seventh in those two title defenses this year, respectively.
Mallon became only the fourth player to win the U.S. Women's Open and the event immediately following with her win in Canada last season. Coming off a two-shot victory at the U.S. Women's Open, Mallon was on fire as she tied the tournament record in Canada, shooting 18-under-par 270 to defeat then-defending champion and LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Beth Daniel by four shots. It was Mallon's third win in Canada, as she also won the du Maurier Classic in 2000 and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in 2002.
'Last year I was so comfortable with my game and I knew it was a matter of finding my putter because everything else was pretty much in play,' Mallon said about her three wins in five events last season. 'I didn't know if I would catch fire like that, but it certainly was fun when I did. The key part is when you do have it and you know what to do it with it. At that stage in my career I knew what to do with it.'
Mallon entered the final round in Canada last year with a four-shot advantage over Daniel and was never seriously threatened as she carded her third bogey-free round of the event. She had only two bogeys over the 72 holes.
Lorena Ochoa, who is third on the ADT Money List, will also headline the event and has played well in Canada. She tied for third with Jean Bartholomew last year at 12-under-par. With six top-10 finishes so far this season, Natalie Gulbis is also in the field looking for her first-career win.
A Canadian has yet to win this event, now in its fifth year, but Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-Jones both tied for fifth last year. They are back this year to contend for their national title, as will fellow Canadians and LPGA members Isabelle Beisiegel, Angela Buzminski, A.J. Eathorne, Nancy Harvey and rookie Alena Sharp.
Sixteen sponsor exemptions will also compete this week, highlighted by Brittany Lang. Lang, who tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur, turned professional last week at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, where she competed as a sponsor exemption and tied for 36th.
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  • Full Coverage - Canadian Women's Open