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Morgan Pressel
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Morgan Pressel (14).jpg
Pressel at the 2013 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full nameMorgan Pressel
Born(1988-05-23) May 23, 1988 (age 25)


Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceBoca 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)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipWon: 2007
LPGA Championship2nd: 2011
U.S. Women's OpenT2: 2005
Women's British OpenT4: 2013
The Evian ChampionshipT31: 2013
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. 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.

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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. 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 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. 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 collegiate golf for the University of Texas.

        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.

        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 an impressive 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

        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. 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 700118000000000000018 years, 7002313000000000000313 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 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.

        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)




        Pressel in 2009

        LPGA Tour (2)

        Legend
        Major championships (1)
        Other LPGA Tour (1)
        No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin


        of victory
        Runner(s)-upWinner's


        share ($)
        1Apr 1, 2007Kraft Nabisco Championship74-72-70-69=285–31 strokeScotland Catriona Matthew
        United States Brittany Lincicome
        Norway Suzann Pettersen
        300,000
        2Oct 19, 2008Kapalua LPGA Classic72-72-67-69=280–81 strokeNorway Suzann Pettersen225,000
        LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
        No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
        12009Jamie Farr Owens Corning ClassicSouth Korea Eunjung YiLost to birdie on first extra hole
        LPGA majors are shown in bold.

        LPGA of Japan Tour (1)

        • 2010 (1) World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup

        Other wins (2)

        • 2007 (1) Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr), unofficial event
        • 2012 (1) CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with Jay Haas), unofficial event

        Major championships

        Wins (1)

        No.YearChampionshipWinning scoreMargin


        of victory
        Runners-up
        12007Kraft Nabisco Championship−3 (74-72-70-69=285)1 strokeUnited States Brittany Lincicome, Scotland Catriona Matthew,
        Norway Suzann Pettersen

        Results timeline

        Tournament2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
        Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPT19T131T38T40T19T3T46T52
        LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP6914T6CUTT72T45T3
        U.S. Women's OpenCUTDNP52DNPT2TLAT28T10T17T13T34T21WDT20
        Women's British OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT56CUTCUTT428T49T43T4
        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

        • Starts – 37
        • Wins – 1
        • 2nd place finishes – 2
        • 3rd place finishes – 2
        • Top 3 finishes – 5
        • Top 5 finishes – 6
        • Top 10 finishes – 10
        • Top 25 finishes – 18
        • Missed cuts – 4
        • Most consecutive cuts made – 13
        • Longest streak of top-10s – 3

        LPGA Tour career summary

        YearTournaments


        played
        Cuts


        made*
        Wins2nd3rdTop 10sBest


        finish
        Earnings

        ($)
        Money


        list rank
        Scoring


        average
        Scoring


        rank
        2001100000CUTn/a77.00
        20031100005276.00
        2005770102T270.96
        2006232100193465,6852471.5120
        2007252311381972,452971.346
        2008262111051711,2612472.0442
        2009242102035630,3132271.3829
        201023220107T2767,4551371.0511
        2011222001172845,4661371.3414
        2012231500113271,5484573.6598
        201324180013T3504,1882871.7033
        • Official through November 24, 2013.

        * 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
        200712
        200819
        200923
        201017
        201116
        201238
        Pressel's career-high in the world rankings is fourth, in the spring of [2007.

        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, 2013
        • Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2006, 2007

        Solheim Cup record

        YearTotal


        matches
        Total


        W–L–H
        Singles


        W–L–H
        Foursomes


        W–L–H
        Fourballs


        W–L–H
        Points


        won
        Points

        %
        Career158–5–23–1–03–2–02–2–29.060.0
        200741–2–11–0–0 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
        200932–0–11–0–0 def. A. Nordqvist 3&21–0–0 won w/ K. McPherson 2 up0–0–1 halved w/ M. Wie2.583.3
        201144–0–01–0–0 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.
        201341–3–00–1–0 lost to C. Ciganda 4&21–1–0 won w/ J. Korda 3&2,


        won w/ J. Korda 2&1
        0–1–0 lost w/ C. Kerr 2 dn1.025.0
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