Pressel looking forward to 'major' test at Lake Merced

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DALY CITY, Calif. – Morgan Pressel will be looking to get herself in contention again this weekend at the Swinging Skirts Classic.

With an even-par 72 in tough afternoon conditions Friday, Pressel left Lake Merced Golf Club tied for 13th, six shots off the lead. Pressel tied for third at the ANA Inspiration in the year’s first major championship three weeks ago.

With an overhauled swing, Pressel is riding a return of confidence. She first made her name as a junior phenom playing the U.S. Women’s Open as a 13-year-old, and then she became the youngest winner of a major championship, taking the Kraft Nabisco at 18 in 2007. At her best, Pressel excelled on the toughest setups. All week here, players have said there’s a major championship feel to the setup.

With Lake Merced’s tree-lined fairways, thick rough and smallish greens, Pressel is expecting a challenging weekend. The course yielded Brooke Henderson’s tournament-record 65 on Friday, but it’s also punishing waywardness severely. The course has yielded 18 rounds in the 80s and a cut at 5-over par, equaling the highest cut on tour this year.

“That’s the thing about this golf course, it’s very tight off the tee and if you don’t hit your drives in the fairway, it’s challenging to get it close,” Pressel said. “Anything can happen out here.”