Meg Mallon was a top player on the LPGA Tour through the 1990s and into the early years of the 21st century, winning multiple major championships.
Date of birth: April 14, 1963
Place of birth: Natick, Mass.
LPGA Tour Victories:
• LPGA Championship: 1991
• U.S. Women's Open: 1991, 2004
• du Maurier Classic: 2000
Awards and Honors:
• Member, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005
• Captain, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 2013
• Member, Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
• Meg Mallon was the first LPGA player to post a score of 60 in competition. It happened in the second round of the 2003 Welch's/Fry's Championship. It was not the low round in Tour history, however; two years earlier, Annika Sorenstam had shot a 59.
• Mallon won her first U.S. Women's Open in 1991 and her second in 2004. That 13-year gap is the longest period between wins in the event's history.
Meg Mallon Biography:
Meg Mallon played collegiately at Ohio State University and won the Michigan Amateur Championship in 1983. She turned pro in 1986, but unlike most of the better players in LPGA Tour history, Mallon struggled to get established as a pro.
Mallon first played the LPGA's Qualifying Tournament (Q-School) in 1986. She didn't earn her tour card, but she did finish high enough to claim non-exempt status. Her rookie year on Tour was 1987, when she played in 18 tournaments but made only five cuts.
It was back to Q-School, and again she came away with non-exempt status. In 1988, she made 17 of 20 cuts but had no Top 10s. She earned just enough money to gain a Tour card for 1989. Mallon's first-ever Top 10 finish came in 1989, and she managed to keep her playing privileges for another year.
In 1990, Mallon had five Top 10s and finished 27th on the money list. Then in 1991, she finally had her breakout performance. That year, Mallon posted four wins, among them two majors: the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open. She finished runnerup to Pat Bradley in the Player of the Year race and second to Bradley on the money list.
Mallon was among the top players on the LPGA in many seasons after that breakout year, winning twice in 1993 and 2000, and three times in 2004. She won another major, the du Maurier, in 2000, and her second U.S. Women's Open in 2004.
And she won that second Open in style, firing a final-round 65 - the lowest final round in that tournament's history.
Throughout her career, Mallon was a regular participant in the Solheim Cup, playing eight times for Team USA. At the time of her last appearance, Mallon held many of Team USA's records for matches and points in Solheim Cup play (although her marks were later eclipsed). In 2013, Mallon was rewarded when she served as captain of the American Solheim Cup team.