Meghan MacLaren is looking to join some exclusive company in the Worrells Women’s NSW Open at Dubbo Golf Club this week.
Only three players have won the same Ladies European Tour event three times in a row: Karrie Webb did it in the ANZ Ladies Masters, Annika Sorenstam did it in the Swedish Open, and Shanshan Feng won three in a row at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters from 2014-2016.
MacLaren will get the chance this week – and with the distinction of it being on a third different golf course.
MacLaren won her first LET title at Coffs Harbour Golf Club in 2018 and defended the title last year at Queanbeyan – and was the only player to record four sub-par rounds – to win her second title.
She doesn’t expect it to get any easier at Dubbo, but feels accuracy off the tee could be an advantage on the tight, tree-lined fairways.
“I think everyone’s fairway stats might take a dip this week, but from what I’ve seen, it suits the strengths of my game,” said the 25-year-old from Northamptonshire, England, who finished tied for 24th in last week’s Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville.
“You need to hit it on as many fairways as you can because it’s so narrow. If you can put it in position, then you’ll be ahead of the game, I think.
“I played well last week, apart from the last round.
“I saw some signs in the first three rounds that I’ve been looking for since I came out to Australia, and I feel I’m in a pretty good place now.
“I trust in my game, and I trust what I’m doing. I feel like my putting has turned a corner and I got a new putter just over a week ago.”
“As a golfer, you have to treat it as just another golf tournament and prepare as well as you can to bring your best golf.
“There probably won’t be too many times in my career that I’ll have a chance to go for three in a row, so I’m just going to enjoy it and see what happens.”
Last year, MacLaren said that she feels like an honorary Australian as playing in the country always brings the best out of her game.
“I enjoy so much about the culture out here. The coffee is maybe the best in the world, the people are friendly and the golf courses seem to suit me. I feel comfortable, and I feel at home, so I think anywhere where I feel like that, I’ll have a good week.”
The Worrells Women’s NSW Open tees off at 7.15am on Thursday. Watch close up some of the best female golfers in the world tee off in the New South Wales regions.