Morgan Pressel

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Morgan Pressel
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Pressel in May 2013
Personal information
Full nameMorgan Lee Pressel
Born (1988-05-23) May 23, 1988 (age 31)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
SpouseAndrew Bush (m. 2013)
Career
Turned professional2005
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2006)
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour2
LPGA of Japan Tour1
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration Won: 2007
Women's PGA C'ship 2nd: 2011
U.S. Women's Open T2: 2005
Women's British Open T4/4th: 2013, 2019
Evian Championship T11: 2015
Achievements and awards
AJGA Player of the Year2005
AJGA Nancy Lopez Award2006

Morgan Pressel (born May 23, 1988) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the LPGA Tour. In 2001, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. She was the 2005 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year, and won the 2006 AJGA Nancy Lopez Award. She turned pro at age 17, and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship, when at age 18 she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship (now known as the ANA Inspiration) and vaulted to a career-high fourth in the world rankings. [1]

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Childhood and family life

Born in Tampa, Florida, to Mike Pressel and Kathy Krickstein Pressel, she attended Banyan Creek Elementary School, Omni Middle School, and graduated in 2006 from the Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, a private school affiliated with the Episcopal Church. [2] She has stated that her Jewish faith plays a large role in her life. [3]

Following her mother's death from breast cancer in September 2003, 15-year-old Pressel moved in with her maternal grandparents, Evelyn Krickstein and Dr. Herb Krickstein at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Krickstein, a retired physician and pathologist is also her coach, while her two younger siblings stayed with their father. Her grandparents are the parents of former top-10 tennis player Aaron Krickstein, Pressel's uncle [4] and the Director of Tennis at St. Andrews Country Club.

Pressel's younger sister Madison played collegiate golf for the University of Texas [5] and won on the Symetra Tour in 2014.

In January 2013, Pressel married Andy Bush, a senior vice president at Octagon Global Events. The two met at a pro-am event in 2007. [6] [7]

Amateur career

In 2001, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. This record stood until 2007, when Lexi Thompson beat the record by several months.

At the age of 17, she was one of three co-leaders starting the final round of the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills in suburban Denver. Pressel was tied for first on the 18th fairway when Birdie Kim holed out from the bunker just ahead to secure a one-stroke lead. Pressel then needed a birdie to tie, but made a bogey on the 18th to lose by two strokes. Her second-place finish gave her a share of the low amateur honors with Brittany Lang. Pressel played in a total of seven LPGA events in 2005 and made the cut in all of them, with a scoring average of 70.96 in 28 rounds. [8]

In 2005, Pressel won the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst, and the most important amateur event, the U.S. Women's Amateur. Pressel also finished her amateur career as 2005 Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

During her amateur career, she won 11 AJGA titles, including all five AJGA Invitationals: the "AJGA Slam". [9]

Professional career

Pressel in June 2009 Morgan Pressel 2009-06-08.jpg
Pressel in June 2009

Pressel finished sixth in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September 2005 and advanced to the final stage in December. [10] She turned professional in November, after appealing to the LPGA to become a member as a 17-year-old. LPGA rules state that members must be 18 years old. [2] At the five-round Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, she finished tied for sixth to earn her tour card for 2006. [11] She played part-time on the tour until her high school graduation in May 2006.

Pressel earned her first victory in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and became the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major at 18 years, 313 days, [12] a record that would stand until Lydia Ko won the 2015 Evian Championship at the age of 18 years, 4 months and 20 days. On her flight home to Florida after her win, Pressel had her golf clubs stolen. [13] The win moved her from 17th in the world rankings to fourth. [1]

Pressel made her first hole-in-one as a professional golfer on July 15, 2007, at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. It was a 148-yard (135 m) par 3 – hole 6 for the tournament. It was not enough to win, though; Se Ri Pak won the event for the fifth time. [14]

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Pressel in 2009

Pressel qualified for the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Solheim Cup teams; earning a spot on the 2007 team in her second full-year on the LPGA Tour as a 19-year-old. Through 2011, she was undefeated (3–0–0) in Solheim Cup singles play.

In the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship, Pressel was in contention for her third LPGA Tour victory in the semi-finals when she was 2 up after 11 holes to opponent Azahara Muñoz. Pressel won the 12th hole but a slow play penalty resulted in the loss of the hole instead. She would lose the match and Muñoz went on to win the tournament. [15]

On April 26, 2015, Pressel came in second at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. She and Lydia Ko finished at 8-under-par 280 with Ko making a birdie on the par-5 closing hole while Pressel missed a birdie effort to end the tournament. Ko won on the second playoff hole. Pressel's last victory was in 2008 at the Kapalua LPGA Classic. [16]

She is represented by Wasserman Media Group and has endorsement deals with Callaway Golf, Polo Ralph Lauren, Royal Bank of Canada, and Audemars Piguet.

Professional wins (5)

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Pressel in 2009

LPGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-upWinner's
share ($)
1Apr 1, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship 74-72-70-69=285−31 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lincicome
Flag of Scotland.svg Catriona Matthew
Flag of Norway.svg Suzann Pettersen
300,000
2Oct 19, 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic 72-72-67-69=280−81 stroke Flag of Norway.svg Suzann Pettersen 225,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12009 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Flag of South Korea.svg Eunjung Yi Lost to birdie on first extra hole
22015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Flag of New Zealand.svg Lydia Ko Lost to birdie on second extra hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

No.YearChampionshipWinning scoreMargin
of victory
Runners-up
1 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship −3 (74-72-70-69=285)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lincicome, Flag of Scotland.svg Catriona Matthew,
Flag of Norway.svg Suzann Pettersen

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2019.

Tournament200120022003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
ANA Inspiration T19T131T38T40T19
U.S. Women's Open CUT52T2TLAT28T10T17T13T34
Women's PGA Championship 6914T6CUTT7
Women's British Open T56CUTCUTT428
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 201420152016201720182019
ANA Inspiration T3T46T52T113CUTT42T72T44
U.S. Women's Open T21WDT20CUTT571CUTT50
Women's PGA Championship 2T45T3CUTT5CUTCUTCUTCUT
The Evian Championship ^T31T41T11CUTT18T26CUT
Women's British Open T49T43T4T21CUTCUTT494

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
ANA Inspiration 1023371514
U.S. Women's Open 0102371612
Women's PGA Championship 011356148
The Evian Championship 00000275
Women's British Open 000234139
Totals1231014266548

LPGA Tour career summary

YearTournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins2nd3rdTop 10sBest
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2001 100000CUTn/a77.00
2003 1100005276.00
2005 770102T270.96
2006 232100193465,6852471.5120
2007 252311381972,452971.346
2008 262111051711,2612472.0442
2009 242102035630,3132271.3829
2010 23220107T2767,4551371.0511
2011 222001172845,4661371.3414
2012 231500113271,5484573.6598
2013 24180013T3504,1882871.7033
2014 292400044508,5343571.3122
2015 272201262962,7941171.4230
2016 24180202T2386,6724872.2177
2017 26170000T15195,0007872.32113
2018 21140001T7137,3469071.9275
2019 26180016T3610,8723671.3757

*Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

World ranking

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

YearWorld
ranking
Source
200625 [18]
200712 [19]
200819 [20]
200923 [21]
201017 [22]
201116 [23]
201238 [24]
201347 [25]
201452 [26]
201524 [27]
201655 [28]
2017127 [29]
2018180 [30]

Pressel's career-high in the world rankings is fourth, in the spring of 2007. [1]

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record

YearTotal
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career2211–8–34–2–05–3–12–3–212.556.8
2007 41–2–11–0–0 def. A. Sörenstam 2&10–1–0 lost w/ N. Gulbis 3&20–1–1 halved w/ P. Creamer,
lost w/ C. Kerr 3&2
1.537.5
2009 32–0–11–0–0 def. A. Nordqvist 3&21–0–0 won w/ K. McPherson 2 up0–0–1 halved w/ M. Wie 2.583.3
2011 44–0–01–0–0 def. A. Nordqvist 2&11–0–0 won w/ R. O'Toole 3&22–0–0 won w/ P. Creamer 1 up,
won w/ C. Kerr 1 up
4.0100.
2013 41–3–00–1–0 lost to C. Ciganda 4&21–1–0 won w/ J. Korda 3&2,
lost w/ J. Korda 2&1
0–1–0 lost w/ C. Kerr 2 dn1.025.0
2015 42–2–01–0–0 def. C. Matthew 2 up1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 3&2,
lost w/ P. Creamer 1 dn
0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 4&32.050.0
2019 31–1–10–1–0 lost to A. Nordqvist 4&31–0–1 halved w/ M. Alex
won w/ M. Alex 2&1
1.550.0

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