Pressel in contention at another major

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HARRISON, N.Y. – Morgan Pressel eagled the 18th hole Saturday to leap onto another major championship leaderboard.

Pressel knocked a 4-hybrid from 230 yards to 8 feet and made the putt to close out a 4-under-par 69 that moved her into a tie for sixth, seven shots off the lead. Pressel finished third at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, missing out on getting into a playoff by one shot.

Pressel, 27, introduced herself to the golf world in major championships, qualifying for her first U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles when she was 12. She tied for second at the U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills when she was 17, and she won the Kraft Nabisco at 18, becoming the youngest woman to win a major. With this week marking the third major over the next eight weeks, Pressel is continuing to find the game and confidence that made her such a factor in the game’s biggest events. She has finished fourth or better in seven majors in her career.

“I love this kind of golf,” Pressel said. “I love tough golf courses, and this is one of those great championship golf courses that make you play smart, more than anything. That’s what really stands out about this golf course. You have to really think your way around.”