Pressel commits to LPGA Founders Cup


Morgan Pressel will play the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.

“I officially committed to playing the RR Donnelley LPGA Founder's Cup,” Pressel said in a statement. “I look forward to honoring our founders as I play for both Girls Golf and the Morgan Pressel Foundation that week.”

Pressel’s commitment is notable on the heels of Paula Creamer’s commitment last week. Both players were dissatisfied with the original structure of the event, but LPGA commissioner Mike Whan made significant changes last week to satisfy concerns. The $1 million purse now matches the charity donation, which essentially means players are no longer playing for a “mock purse,” but a real purse where all the money is donated to charity. Half the purse will be donated to LPGA-USGA Girls' Golf, the other half to designated player charities of the top-10 finishers that week. Each player will name a charity she's playing for before teeing it up.

Cristie Kerr has yet to commit, but she told that she approves of the newest format and supports the event. Kerr, who coincidentally is scheduled to receive a Muhammad Ali Athlete of the Year Award in Phoenix on March 19, the Saturday of the LPGA event there, said she is trying to work out conflicts with other elements of her personal schedule.