Match-play maven Pressel peaks for Solheim


PARKER, Colo. – Morgan Pressel’s return to form couldn’t have been more timely for the Americans as they seek to win the Solheim Cup back this week.

Pressel is 7-2-2 in Solheim Cup competition with a 4-0 mark in Ireland two years ago. She’s 3-0 in singles with the first of those singles victories a monumental 2-and-1 upset of Annika Sorenstam in Sorenstam’s native Sweden in ’07. Pressel is a match-play dynamo with a U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship title and a third-place finish in last year’s Sybase Match Play Championship.

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Pressel’s place on the U.S. team, however, was in doubt at year’s start as she worked through a wrist injury that had created some bad swing habits and a slumping record. Pressel, though, showed at the Wegmans LPGA Championship that she was back. She played in the final pairing with Inbee Park in the final two rounds, tying for third. She tied for fourth at the Ricoh Women’s British Open two weeks ago.

“I wanted to be here, I didn't want to miss it,” Pressel said. “It's nice to be healthy, to be able to feel like I can hit the ball where I want to and can hit shots that I'm comfortable with. I've just been gradually playing better and more confident, and I think it's a good timing.”

Pressel plays with fiery emotion that suits the Solheim Cup. Mallon compared Pressel to Dottie Pepper, who was the determined face of the American Solheim Cup team for so long.

“The more I can keep Morgan focused on being fired up, the better she’s going to play,” Mallon said.