ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Back in Morgan Pressel’s hometown in Florida, members at the country club where she grew up couldn’t have been surprised seeing her name at the top of the leaderboard Thursday in the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
She grew up at St. Andrews, after all. That would be St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. She also attended St. Andrews School.
Pressel looked comfortable on the original St. Andrews with a 6-under-par 66.
“I feel right at home,” Pressel said.
A week ago, Pressel posted a photo on one of her social media sites with her standing next to a St. Andrews tee marker on her home course in Florida.
Under it, she ran the caption: “What’s all the fuss about St. Andrews? I’m already here.”
Pressel’s hot start moves her closer to making the American Solheim Cup team as an automatic qualifier. The top eight on the U.S. Solheim Cup points list and the top two in the world rankings not already qualified will make the team. Pressel is No. 3 on the rankings list, just three hundredths of a point behind Jennifer Johnson, who opened sluggishly Thursday with a 74.
“I’m definitely thinking about it, and at the same time trying not to think about it, and trying to worry about focusing on this week,” Pressel said. “That was my biggest goal coming into this week, not to think about Solheim Cup. I only thought about it maybe a hand full of times on every shot … not on every shot.
“I’m not worried about finishing in the top 20 or worried about my ranking or anything like that. If I play my game, I’ll be on that team.”