2004 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2004 U.S. Women's Open was the 59th time this major championship was played. Meg Mallon outduelled Annika Sorenstam in the final round for the win.

Winner: Meg Mallon, 274

Where it was played: Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Massachusetts

Tournament dates: July 1-4, 2004

Leader after first round: a-Brittany Lincicome, 66

Leader after second round: Jennifer Rosales, 137

Leader after third round: Jennifer Rosales, 206

What Happened in the 2004 U.S. Women's Open

Meg Mallon and Annika Sorenstam, along with Kelly Robbins, were tied for second place after the third round of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, three strokes off the lead of Jennifer Rosales.

Rosales slipped to a 75 in the final round and finished fourth. But all three of those who started the final round in second place scored well in Round 4. Sorenstam and Robbins gave chase, but they just couldn't keep up with Mallon.

In that final round, Mallon shot 65, which tied the tournament record at the time for lowest final-round score, and set a new record for lowest final-round score by the winner. Sorenstam bogeyed the first hole of the last round, and neither Robbins nor Sorenstam could keep up when Mallon started dropping birdies. Mallon had six birdies in the 12 holes from No. 3 through No. 14, at which point she led by three over Robbins and by four over Sorenstam. Sorenstam did birdie the final two holes to shoot 67, with Robbins carding 69. But Mallon was in control and won by two strokes.

At age 42, Mallon was the third-oldest winner in U.S. Women's Open history to that point. It was her second USWO victory — she also won the 1991 U.S. Women's Open. And that 13-year gap between wins was a new tournament record.

This turned out to be Mallon's final top 10 finish in any major. She was a 4-time major winner. It was the 16th of her 18 career wins on the LPGA Tour.

There was good scoring all around in the 2004 USWO, including for amateurs. Playing in her first major, future 2-time major winner Brittany Lincicome was the first-round leader with a 66. That tied the then-tournament record for lowest 18-hole score by an amateur. The low amateurs turned out to be 14-year-old Michelle Wie and 17-year-old Paula Creamer, both future USWO champs. Their score of 285 was one off the then-tournament record for 72-hole score by an amateur.

Betsy King, 6-time major champ including two USWO titles, missed the cut. But it was her 30th consecutive start in a U.S. Women's Open, and she was just the second golfer (after Hollis Stacy) to reach that plateau. King played the USWO only once more, in 2011.

2004 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

Meg Mallon73-69-67-65—274
Annika Sorenstam71-68-70-67—276
Kelly Robbins74-67-68-69—278
Jennifer Rosales70-67-69-75—281
Michele Redman70-72-73-67—282
Candie Kung70-68-74-70—282
Jeong Jang72-74-71-66—283
Pat Hurst70-71-71-71—283
Moira Dunn-Bohls73-67-72-71—283
Carin Hjalmarsson72-67-75-70—284
Michelle Ellis70-69-72-73—284
Rachel Hetherington71-69-70-74—284
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc67-75-74-69—285
a-Paula Creamer72-69-72-72—285
a-Michelle Wie71-70-71-73—285
Suzann Pettersen74-72-71-69—286
Mi Hyun Kim76-68-71-71—286
Karrie Webb72-71-71-72—286
Catriona Matthew73-71-72-71—287
Young Kim71-73-76-68—288
Rosie Jones74-72-72-70—288
Kate Golden74-71-72-71—288
Liselotte Neumann72-72-72-72—288
Dawn Coe-Jones71-73-72-72—288
Johanna Mundy76-69-70-73—288
Kim Saiki-Maloney70-68-74-76—288
Cristie Kerr73-71-74-71—289
Beth Daniel69-74-71-75—289
Lorie Kane75-70-72-73—290
Shi Hyun Ahn73-71-72-74—290
Deb Richard71-73-72-74—290
Allison Hanna71-75-74-71—291
Karen Stupples71-72-77-71—291
Sherri Steinhauer74-71-73-73—291
Becky Morgan71-74-73-73—291
Se Ri Pak70-76-71-74—291
Christina Kim74-71-76-71—292
Gloria Park76-71-73-72—292
Jamie Hullett72-74-74-72—292
A.J. Eathorne73-72-75-72—292
Jenna Daniels76-71-72-73—292
Natalie Gulbis73-71-75-73—292
Jill McGill71-75-71-75—292
Laura Diaz73-72-78-70—293
Donna Andrews74-69-78-72—293
Mhairi McKay76-69-75-73—293
Ji Hee Lee75-72-71-75—293
Jennifer Greggain73-71-72-77—293
Lorena Ochoa75-71-69-78—293
a-Jennie Lee73-72-75-74—294
Katherine Kirk70-76-75-74—295
Hee-Won Han71-75-78-72—296
Catherine Tumbleson74-73-74-75—296
Tina Barrett73-72-76-75—296
a-Brittany Lincicome66-77-76-78—297
Aree Song77-70-78-73—298
Loraine Lambert71-76-77-74—298
Liz Earley72-75-74-78—299
Juli Inkster71-71-78-79—299
Allison Finney72-75-72-80—299
Seol-An Jeon73-73-79-75—300
Meena Lee74-73-76-77—300
Courtney Trimble73-71-76-80—300
Hilary Lunke72-74-81-74—301
Grace Park71-74-77-79—301
Liying Ye73-74-83-74—304

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