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.
Pressel in May 2013
|Full name||Morgan Lee Pressel|
|Born||May 23, 1988|
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Spouse||Andrew Bush (m. 2013)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2006)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|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|
Childhood and family lifeEdit
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. She has stated that her Jewish faith plays a large role in her life.
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 and the Director of Tennis at St. Andrews Country Club.
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.
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".
- 2002 round of 16, U.S. Girls' Junior
- 2002 Junior Solheim Cup Team
- 2004 quarterfinalist, U.S. Women's Amateur
- 2004 quarterfinalist, round of 16, U.S. Girls' Junior
- 2004 Won – North and South Women's Amateur
- 2005 Won – U.S. Women's Amateur
- 2005 2nd place – North and South Amateur
- 2005 Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year
- 2005 round of 16, U.S. Girls' Junior
- 2005 Junior Solheim Cup Team
Pressel finished sixth in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September 2005 and advanced to the final stage in December. 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. At the five-round Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, she finished tied for sixth to earn her tour card for 2006. 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, 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. The win moved her from 17th in the world rankings to fourth.
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.
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.
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.
Professional wins (5)Edit
LPGA Tour wins (2)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Apr 1, 2007||Kraft Nabisco Championship||74-72-70-69=285||−3||1 stroke|| Brittany Lincicome
|2||Oct 19, 2008||Kapalua LPGA Classic||72-72-67-69=280||−8||1 stroke||Suzann Pettersen||225,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||2009||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||Eunjung Yi||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2015||Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic||Lydia Ko||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)Edit
Other wins (2)Edit
|1||2007||Kraft Nabisco Championship||−3 (74-72-70-69=285)||1 stroke|| Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew,|
Results not in chronological order before 2019.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||52||T2TLA||T28||T10||T17||T13||T34|
|Women's PGA Championship||69||14||T6||CUT||T7|
|Women's British Open||T56||CUT||CUT||T42||8|
|U.S. Women's Open||T21||WD||T20||CUT||T5||71||CUT||T50||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||2||T45||T3||CUT||T5||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^||T31||T41||T11||CUT||T18||T26||CUT||NT|
|Women's British Open||T49||T43||T4||T21||CUT||CUT||T49||4||T59|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
NT = no tournament
T = tied
|U.S. Women's Open||0||1||0||2||3||7||17||12|
|Women's PGA Championship||0||1||1||3||5||6||15||8|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||7||5|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||2||3||4||14||10|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2009 U.S. Open – 2012 LPGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2015 ANA – 2015 U.S. Open)
LPGA Tour career summaryEdit
- Official through 2020 season.
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
Pressel's career-high in the world rankings is fourth, in the spring of 2007.
- Junior Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2002 (winners), 2005 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2011, 2013, 2015 (winners), 2019
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2006, 2007
Solheim Cup recordEdit
|2007||4||1–2–1||1–0–0 def. A. Sörenstam 2&1||0–1–0 lost w/ N. Gulbis 3&2||0–1–1 halved w/ P. Creamer,
lost w/ C. Kerr 3&2
|2009||3||2–0–1||1–0–0 def. A. Nordqvist 3&2||1–0–0 won w/ K. McPherson 2 up||0–0–1 halved w/ M. Wie||2.5||83.3|
|2011||4||4–0–0||1–0–0 def. A. Nordqvist 2&1||1–0–0 won w/ R. O'Toole 3&2||2–0–0 won w/ P. Creamer 1 up,
won w/ C. Kerr 1 up
|2013||4||1–3–0||0–1–0 lost to C. Ciganda 4&2||1–1–0 won w/ J. Korda 3&2,
lost w/ J. Korda 2&1
|0–1–0 lost w/ C. Kerr 2 dn||1.0||25.0|
|2015||4||2–2–0||1–0–0 def. C. Matthew 2 up||1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 3&2,
lost w/ P. Creamer 1 dn
|0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 4&3||2.0||50.0|
|2019||3||1–1–1||0–1–0 lost to A. Nordqvist 4&3||1–0–1 halved w/ M. Alex
won w/ M. Alex 2&1
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- Rosaforte, Tim (February 3, 2006). "Continuing Education". Golf World. ESPN. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
- Pessah, Jon (March 16, 2007). "They Punch, Putt, Dribble, Tackle and Skate And They're All Jewish". Baltimore Jewish Times. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
- Minor, Emily (August 14, 2005). "Her mother's daughter". Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on December 23, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
- "Women's golf, Madison Pressel". TexasSports.com. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- Golfweek, Wedding keeps Pressel busy during injury-riddled season October 4, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Octagon Sports Andy Bush Bio Archived 2012-11-04 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Morgan Pressel – 2005 season results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- "Morgan Pressel Named Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year". American Junior Golf Association. October 26, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
- "2005 Sectional Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. September 23, 2005.
- "2005 Final Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. December 4, 2005.
- "LPGA All-Time Scoring Records" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 2, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
- "Pressel learns to deal with LPGA success". Oxford Press. Cox News Services. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- Junga, Steve (July 16, 2007). "Pak trumps Pressel's ace to capture her fifth title in 10 years". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Morgan Pressel's semifinal slow-play penalty provides boost for Azahara Munoz to win Sybase Match Play Championship
- Ferguson, Doug (April 26, 2015). "Ko beats Pressel in playoff to defend in San Fran". Golf Channel.
- "Morgan Pressel stats". LPGA. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2014.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2015.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2016.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2017.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2019.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2020.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Morgan Pressel.|
- Morgan Pressel at the LPGA Tour official site
- Morgan Pressel at the Women's World Golf Rankings official site
- Morgan's Yahoo Group
- Newslib.com feed of articles about Morgan Pressel
- Swing Sequence
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel – photo gallery: Morgan Pressel through the years
- Morgan P Foundation on Twitter