Morgan Pressel


Morgan Pressel
Morgan Pressel

Pressel at the 2009 LPGA Championship
Personal information
Full name Morgan Pressel
Born May 23, 1988 (1988-05-23) (age 23)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
Career
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour
(joined 2006)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
LPGA of Japan Tour 1
Other 1
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 8th: 2010
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. Pressel has reached as high as fourth in the world rankings.

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Childhood and family life

Pressel was 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.[1] She has stated that her Jewish faith plays a large role in her life.[2]

Following her mother's death from breast cancer in September 2003, 15-year-old Pressel moved in with her grandparents Evelyn Krickstein and Dr. Herb Krickstein, a retired physician and pathologist who is her coach as well as her grandfather, while her two younger siblings stayed with their father. Pressel continues to live with her grandparents, who are the parents of former top-10 tennis player Aaron Krickstein, Pressel's uncle.[3] For the eldest Krickstein, this is the second time he has groomed a young athlete into a star. Aaron Krickstein holds the record for being the youngest player ever to win a men's professional tournament, in Tel Aviv in 1983.

Pressel's younger sister Madison plays golf for the University of Texas.

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 Alexis Thompson, another 12-year-old, beat the record by several months.

In 2005, at the age of 17, she was one of three co-leaders starting the final round of the 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.[4]

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 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior Player of the Year.

During her amateur career, she won 11 AJGA titles, including all five AJGA Invitationals: the "AJGA Slam".[5]

  • 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 AJGA Junior Player of the Year
  • 2005 round of 16, U.S. Girls' Junior
  • 2005 Junior Solheim Cup Team

Professional career

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.[6] 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.[1] At the five-round Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, she finished tied for sixth to earn her tour card for 2006.[7] 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 &1000000000000001800000018 years, &10000000000000313000000313 days.[8] On her flight home to Florida after her win, Pressel had her golf clubs stolen.[9]

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 152-yard (139 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 is undefeated (3-0-0) in Solheim Cup singles play.

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 (4)

LPGA Tour (2)

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 majors are shown in bold.

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

No. Year Championship Winning Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-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

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 T13 1 T38 T40
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 69 14 T6 CUT
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP 52 DNP T2 TLA T28 T10 T17 T13
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T56 CUT CUT T42
Tournament 2010 2011
Kraft Nabisco Championship T19 T3
LPGA Championship T7 2
U.S. Women's Open T34 T21
Women's British Open 8 T49

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

LPGA Tour career summary

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 n/a 76.00
2005 7 7 0 1 0 2 T2 n/a 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
  • official as of November 20, 2011 [10]

Team appearances

Amateur

  • Junior Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2002 (winners) and 2005 (winners)

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2011

Solheim Cup record

Year Total
Matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
Won
Points
%
Career 11 7–2–2 3–0–0 2–1–0 2–1–2 8.0 72.7
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.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Rosaforte, Tim (February 3, 2006). "Continuing Education". Golf World. ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/columns/story?columnist=rosaforte_tim&id=2329811. Retrieved October 21, 2008. 
  2. ^ 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. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930015711/http://www.jewishtimes.com/scripts/edition.pl?now=3/22/2007&stay=1&SubSectionID=48&ID=3097. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ Minor, Emily (August 14, 2005). "Her mother's daughter". Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on December 23, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061223042443/http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/accent/epaper/2005/08/14/a1d_pressel_web_0814.html. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ Yahoo Sports – golf - Morgan Pressel – 2005 season results – accessed 2011-07-15
  5. ^ American Junior Golf Association (October 26, 2005). "Morgan Pressel Named Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year". AJGA.com. http://www.ajga.org/Media_Center/CoverStories/04_Stories/10-26-05.asp. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  6. ^ LPGA.com - 2005 Sectional Qualifying Tournament – results - 2005-09-23
  7. ^ LPGA.com - 2005 Final Qualifying Tournament - results - 2005-12-04
  8. ^ "LPGA All-Time Scoring Records". LPGA.com. http://lpga.com/content/Alltimerecords.pdf. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Pressel learns to deal with LPGA success". Cox News Services. http://www.oxfordpress.com/sports/content/shared/sports/stories/2007/04/GLF_PRESSEL_0411_COX.html. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2011 Player Performance Record". LPGA. http://www.lpga.com/greensheet.aspx?pid=5431&year=2011. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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