Pressel (66) nears lead in 'home game'


NAPLES, Fla. – This is as close to a home game as Morgan Pressel gets, and she’s making the most of it.

Pressel’s 6-under-par 66 Friday was the round of the day at the CME Group Tour Championship, catapulting her to third place, one shot off the lead at Tiburon Golf Club. She grew up in Boca Raton, just across Alligator Alley on the other side of the state. 

“It's awesome,” Pressel said. “It's great to play only two hours from where I live. I have quite a few friends who have come over to watch this week. My grandparents are here.”

It’s the only LPGA event in Florida.

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“I feel comfortable on the grass,” Pressel said. “It's what I grew up on. I know how it reacts and how to play different shots.”

It’s already been a busy week for Pressel. She was part of the LPGA’s announcement Tuesday afternoon that All Nippon Airways was the new sponsor of the old Kraft Nabisco, the year’s first major. She was introduced as a past champion and spoke at the ceremony. She won the Kia Community Assist Award Wednesday evening, an honor bestowed upon her for the work the Morgan Pressel Foundation has done raising $.3.5 million in the fight against breast cancer. She was on the red carpet doing interviews before the Rolex LPGA Awards Dinner Thursday night after playing. She’d love ending the week with a victory party after claiming her third LPGA title.

“Winning this tournament would be an incredible cap to the season,” Pressel said.