Meet Meg Mallon, LPGA Hall of Fame Golfer

Golfer Meg Mallon finishes her swing.
Meg Mallon was a four-time major championship winner. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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. She played in many of the early Solheim Cups and later served as team captain. And, ultimately, she was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

  • Date of birth: April 14, 1963
  • Place of birth: Natick, Mass.

Number of Tour Wins by Meg Mallon

  • LPGA Tour: 18 (all wins listed below)
  • Major Championships: 4

The four majors won by Mallon were the 1991 LPGA Championship and 1991 U.S. Women's Open; the du Maurier Classic in 2000; and the U.S. Women's Open again in 2004.

Awards and Honors

  • Member, World Golf Hall of Fame
  • 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

Golf Biography of Meg Mallon

Meg Mallon played college golf 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 10 finishes. 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 runner-up 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. Mallon won three times in 2004, and those were her final LPGA wins.

In addition to her four wins in majors, Mallon finished as runner-up four other times. One of those second-place showings was at the 1995 U.S. Women's Open, which Mallon counts as her biggest disappointment — she blew a five-stroke lead in the final round and Annika Sorenstam won it for her first career LPGA Tour victory.

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, but her squad suffered a defeat by Team Europe.

Mallon announced her retirement from LPGA play in 2010, although she plays occasionally on the Legends Tour, the senior tour of women's golf. She was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017.

Personal Life: Mallon's Relationship with Beth Daniel

During her Hall of Fame induction speech in 2017, Mallon stated for the first time publicly that fellow Hall-of-Famer Beth Daniel is her partner. Which makes them, to our knowledge, the only golf couple ever consisting of two Hall-of-Famers.

"We are celebrating 25 years together later this year," Mallon said of her relationship with Daniel — which was an open secret among fellow players, but not previously publicly acknowledged by either player — during that speech.

Trivia About Meg Mallon

  • 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.
  • Mallon recorded eight holes-in-one during LPGA tournament play, tied for second-most in tour history. (Kathy Whitworth is the all-team leader with 11.)

Quote, Unquote

"It's nice to be well-liked, but it's even better to be well-liked and respected." — Mallon, who was both, quoted after being named the LPGA's Most Popular Player in 1990.

Meg Mallon's Tour Victories

Mallon won 18 tournaments on the LPGA Tour. Here are those 18 wins, listed in order from the first to the last:

  • 1991 Oldsmobile LPGA Classic
  • 1991 LPGA Championship
  • 1991 U.S. Women's Open
  • 1991 Daikyo World Championship
  • 1993 Ping/Welch's Championship
  • 1993 Sara Lee Classic
  • 1996 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open
  • 1996 Sara Lee Classic
  • 1998 Star Bank LPGA Classic
  • 1999 Naples LPGA Memorial
  • 1999 Sara Lee Classic
  • 2000 Wegmans Rochester International
  • 2000 du Maurier Classic
  • 2002 Bank of Montreal Canadian Women's Open
  • 2003 ADT Championship
  • 2004 U.S. Women's Open
  • 2004 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open
  • 2004 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic