Morgan Pressel made her name with a game built for the toughest golf tests.
When fairways and greens are hard to hit, when errant shots are severely punished, she’s usually at her best.
Pressel showed that again Thursday, getting in the early hunt at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
With a 2-under-par 70, Pressel is tied for third, just two shots behind Japan’s Ayako Uehara.
Pressel, 26, arrived at Royal Birkdale especially motivated after missing the cut at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open, an event she first qualified for as a 12-year-old amateur and then nearly won as a 17-year-old amateur. She tied for second at Cherry Hills in 2005.
“I think it's a confidence builder for me,” Pressel told reporters after her round. “I felt good coming into this tournament. I felt good going into St. Andrews last year and finished with a very good tournament. I'd like to do just a little bit better this year.”
Pressel became the youngest winner of a major championship at 18 when she claimed the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur at 17. She tied for fourth at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.