While Mallon came into the final round last year with a two-stroke deficit, deft play- including savvy course management - moved her two shots ahead of Wendy Doolan to give the 16-year veteran her 12th LPGA Tour win.
The 2000 season was very good for Mallon, a native of Massachusetts. She added another victory at the du Maurier Classic to bring her total to 13 LPGA Tour wins and also posted 16 top-10 finishes to end the season ranked 9th on the money list with $5,466,338.
This is the events 25th anniversary featuring a $1 million purse with $150,000 allocated for the winner.
Among those in the field are former champions Nancy Lopez (1978, '80, '81), Rosie Jones (1991, '98), Dottie Pepper (1996), and Tammi Green (1993). Annika Sorenstam, winner of five tournaments this season, is also scheduled to play this week. In 2000 she finished tied for 13th with Mi Hyun Kim, Karrie Webb and three others.
Sorenstam suffered bouts of mediocrity during the U.S. Womens Open last week - finishing tied for 16th - but her record earlier this year still makes her the favorite at this event.
Play starts on Thursday while television coverage begins Friday.
The first group tees off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Full field and tee times for the Wegman's Rochester International