Morgan Pressel

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Morgan Pressel
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Morgan Pressel (14).jpg
Personal information
Full name Morgan Pressel
Born (1988-05-23) May 23, 1988 (age 26)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
Spouse Andrew Bush (m. 2013)
Career
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2006)
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
LPGA of Japan Tour 1
Other 2
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship Won: 2007
LPGA Championship 2nd: 2011
U.S. Women's Open T2: 2005
Women's British Open T4: 2013
The Evian Championship T31: 2013
Achievements and awards
AJGA Player of the Year 2005
AJGA Nancy Lopez Award 2006

Morgan Pressel (born May 23, 1988) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She turned pro at age 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship, which vaulted her to a career-high fourth in the world rankings.[1]

Childhood and family life[edit]

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[edit]

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 an impressive 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[edit]

Pressel at the 2008 LPGA Championship

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] 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.[13]

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 is 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 would go on to win the tournament.[14]

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)[edit]

Pressel in 2009

LPGA Tour (2)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 Apr 1, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship 74-72-70-69=285 −3 1 stroke Scotland Catriona Matthew
United States Brittany Lincicome
Norway Suzann Pettersen
300,000
2 Oct 19, 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic 72-72-67-69=280 −8 1 stroke Norway Suzann Pettersen 225,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2009 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic South Korea Eunjung Yi Lost to birdie on first extra hole

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

LPGA of Japan Tour (1)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

No. Year Championship Winning score Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship −3 (74-72-70-69=285) 1 stroke United States Brittany Lincicome, Scotland Catriona Matthew,
Norway Suzann Pettersen

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 T13 1 T38 T40 T19 T3 T46 T52 T11
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP 52 DNP T2TLA T28 T10 T17 T13 T34 T21 WD T20 CUT
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T56 CUT CUT T42 8 T49 T43 T4
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 69 14 T6 CUT T7 2 T45 T3
The Evian Championship ^ T31

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 1 0 1 2 2 6 10 10
U.S. Women's Open 0 1 0 1 2 6 12 9
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 2 2 8 6
LPGA Championship 0 1 1 2 4 5 8 7
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1 2 2 6 10 19 39 33
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2009 U.S. Open – 2012 LPGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2011 Kraft Nabisco – 2011 LPGA)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2001 1 0 0 0 0 0 CUT n/a 77.00
2003 1 1 0 0 0 0 52 76.00
2005 7 7 0 1 0 2 T2 70.96
2006 23 21 0 0 1 9 3 465,685 24 71.51 20
2007 25 23 1 1 3 8 1 972,452 9 71.34 6
2008 26 21 1 1 0 5 1 711,261 24 72.04 42
2009 24 21 0 2 0 3 5 630,313 22 71.38 29
2010 23 22 0 1 0 7 T2 767,455 13 71.05 11
2011 22 20 0 1 1 7 2 845,466 13 71.34 14
2012 23 15 0 0 1 1 3 271,548 45 73.65 98
2013 24 18 0 0 1 3 T3 504,188 28 71.70 33
  • Official through November 24, 2013.[15]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

World ranking[edit]

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

Year World
ranking
Source
2006 25 [16]
2007 12 [17]
2008 19 [18]
2009 23 [19]
2010 17 [20]
2011 16 [21]
2012 38 [22]

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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 15 8–5–2 3–1–0 3–2–0 2–2–2 9.0 60.0
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
1.5 37.5
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
4.0 100.
2013 4 1–3–0 0–1–0 lost to C. Ciganda 4&2 1–1–0 won w/ J. Korda 3&2,
won w/ J. Korda 2&1
0–1–0 lost w/ C. Kerr 2 dn 1.0 25.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Women's World Golf Rankings". April 5, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rosaforte, Tim (February 3, 2006). "Continuing Education". Golf World. ESPN. Retrieved October 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Minor, Emily (August 14, 2005). "Her mother's daughter". Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on December 23, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Women's golf, Madison Pressel". TexasSports.com. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Golfweek, Wedding keeps Pressel busy during injury-riddled season October 4, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Octagon Sports Andy Bush Bio Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Morgan Pressel – 2005 season results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Morgan Pressel Named Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year". American Junior Golf Association. October 26, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  10. ^ "2005 Sectional Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. September 23, 2005. 
  11. ^ "2005 Final Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. December 4, 2005. 
  12. ^ "LPGA All-Time Scoring Records". LPGA. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Pressel learns to deal with LPGA success". Cox News Services. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ Morgan Pressel's semifinal slow-play penalty provides boost for Azahara Munoz to win Sybase Match Play Championship
  15. ^ "Morgan Pressel stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 27, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 

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