Professional golfer Morgan Pressel achieved more in her early years than many players are likely to in their entire careers. The talented player has won events on the LPGA Tour, with her most notable victory coming at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Born in Tampa, Florida in May 1988, Pressel began playing golf at an early age. In 2001, when she was just 12-years-old, the American became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.
After appealing to the LPGA, Pressel was granted exemption to turn professional at the age of 17. The Tour usually demands players are 18. In 2005, she competed in a total of seven LPGA Tour events and made the cut in all of them, with a promising scoring average of 70.96 in 28 rounds.
Her first professional win came at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship, where Pressel overcame competition from some of the biggest names in professional golf to take the crown at the tender age of 18. Becoming the youngest ever winner of a modern LPGA major.
Despite starting the final round four shots behind and in a tie for ninth place, she shocked spectators by shooting an equal best final round of three-under-par 69 and then watched as the leaders surrendered their places at the top of the rankings to seal a win by a single stroke from Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, U.S. player Brittany Lincicome and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen.
Following the event, she said, “This is a dream to be out here and to win a major championship and especially with my first win.”
The following year Pressel secured her second career win at the Kapalua LPGA Classic. Beating Suzann Pettersen by 1-stroke with an impressive 8-under-280 total.
While she failed to secure another victory in the next few seasons, Pressel continued to be a fierce presence on the LPGA circuit. In April 2015 the American stormed to contention at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Ultimately losing to then world number one Lydia Ko on the second playoff hole.
2007 - Kraft Nabisco Championship
2008 - Kapalua LPGA Classic