NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Look out, Annika.
A week after Meg Mallon held off Sorenstam in the U.S. Women's
Open, the 41-year-old former Ohio State star shot a 2-under 70
Sunday for a four-stroke victory in the Canadian Women's Open.
"I know this is going to fire her up a little bit," Mallon
said. "She's going to come out full guns the next couple of
While Sorenstam took the week off, Mallon finished at 18-under
270 on the Legends on the Niagara's Battlefield Course. She's 28
under in her last six rounds and has played 95 of her last 97 holes
at par or better.
"This has been my 18th year on tour and it's been such a
rewarding career, but I've never had two weeks like this," Mallon
said. "It's going to take a while to absorb. It's been incredible.
I don't know what to say."
Beth Daniel, the 2003 winner in British Columbia, closed with a
70 to finish second, and Jean Bartholomew (69) and Mexico's Lorena
Ochoa (70) tied for third at 12 under.
Daniel spent the round shaking her head at how Mallon protected
her lead with some impressive putts that got her out of trouble.
"When you're on a roll like Meg is, those things go in your
favor," Daniel said. "But she did exactly what she had to do, and
it was never a contest."
Ochoa knew her chances were done when she looked up at the
leaderboard at No. 9 and saw Mallon wasn't fading.
"It didn't happen in the front, so I knew I wasn't going to get
closer to Meg," Ochoa said. "I wish there were more holes."
Mallon made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 5 and an 8-footer on
No. 8. She also was impressive on several par-saving putts, such as
No. 3, when she holed 9-footer on the sloped green _ with the ball
rolling in from the side _ to stay even.
"That was a bonus. I figured, `OK, you can make bogey here,"'
Mallon said. "The putter was just outstanding."
Mallon won her 17th LPGA Tour title and became the first woman
to win both the U.S. and Canadian titles in the same year. And her
18-under total matched the tournament record for lowest score, set
by Brandie Burton in 1998 in Windsor.
She also became only the third U.S. Women's Open champion to win
an LPGA Tour event the following week, joining Se Ri Pak (1998) and
Jane Geddes (1986). Louise Suggs also won consecutive events in
1952, but that's when the All-America Women's Open was held six
weeks after the U.S. Women's Open.
It was the first time Mallon has won consecutive events, and she
became the first to do so since Candie Kung won the Wachovia LPGA
Classic and State Farm Classic last August. Mallon, also the 2000
and '02 winner in Canada, matched Pat Bradley's tournament record
of three victorues.
Dawn Coe-Jones (71) and Lorie Kane (68) were the top Canadians,
tying for fifth at 11 under. A Canadian has not won the tournament
since Jocelyne Bourassa took the inaugural event in 1973.
Mallon, taking this week, is running out of national
championships to win this season.
"Well, I've got France and England next," she said, referring
to the Evian Masters and Women's British Open.