Birdie on 18 gets Pressel within one of Granada


NAPLES, Fla. – Morgan Pressel finished strong Saturday at the CME Group Tour Championship to put herself in the final group Sunday with a chance to win the LPGA’s season finale at Tiburon Golf Club.

Pressel carved a 7-iron to 5 feet at the 18th hole, delivering the shot through a hard crosswind and over a hazard to set up a final birdie that moved her within one shot of Julieta Granada, the 54-hole leader.

“It was definitely really important,” said Pressel, 26. “I had had a lot of pars in a row, was giving myself birdie opportunities, but was burning edges.”

Pressel shot 2-under-par 70 in her bid to win her third LPGA title, her first since the Kapalua Classic in 2008. Her first LPGA title was historic. She won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007, becoming the youngest winner (18) of a women’s major championship.