U.S. Women's Open holds special place in Pressel's heart


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Morgan Pressel introduced herself to the world at the U.S. Women’s Open.

She relishes what this championship means to her and what possibilities it still holds for her.

She tees it up Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club looking to keep building on her special memories of this event.

“I’ve been playing better than I have in a long time, so I’m happy about that,” she said.

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With a tie for third at the Wegmans LPGA Championship three weeks ago, Pressel, 25, snapped out of the funk that has shrouded her game the last year. She made a spirited run at winning before ultimately tying for third. It was a promising effort in her rebound from the nagging wrist injury that led to her fall off in play.

She is beginning to feel the return of a game that made her a consistent factor in major championship golf.

“I enjoy being out on the course again, and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt like that,” Pressel said. “Lately, my poor finishes made me not enjoy practicing, I’d just get frustrated. I had been putting in a lot of time, and nothing was really clicking. So, to finally see the work show itself at the LPGA Championship, I was happy about that.  It made me want to work harder because I know I’m finally close.”

Pressel made her name qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles when she was 13, becoming the youngest player at the time to qualify for the championship. She nearly won the U.S. Women's Open as a 17-year-old at Cherry Hills, tying for second after Birdie Kim’s improbable hole out from a bunker at the 72nd hole.

At 19, Pressel won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and remains the youngest winner of a major. She would like to add another chapter to her major championship story in the event where she got her start.

“I love the U.S. Women’s Open,” Pressel said.