Morgan Pressel was a major championship winner at age 18. Her calling cards on the golf course are intensity and tenacity.
Date of birth: May 23, 1988
Place of birth: Tampa, Fla.
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LPGA Tour Victories:
Professional - 1
• Kraft Nabisco Championship: 2007
Amateur - 1
• U.S. Women's Amateur: 2005
Awards and Honors:
• Member, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
• American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year, 2005
• In 2001, when she was 12 years old, Morgan Pressel became the youngest person to make it through qualifying to play in a U.S. Women's Open (or men's Open). (That record was since broken.)
• Pressel is the youngest-ever major champion on the LPGA Tour, winning the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship when she was not yet 19.
• Her uncle, Aaron Krickstein, was a success professional tennis player who turned pro at age 16 and was ranked in the Top 10 at various times in his career.
Morgan Pressel Biography:
Morgan Pressel was one of the most successful young golfers in the history of women's golf, and then settled into a solid, productive career on the LPGA Tour.
A fiery, emotional player, Pressel is known for yelling instructions at the ball while it's in flight ("Stop!" "Get down!"), and has been known to cry on the course after particularly tough breaks. But not out of weakness - make no mistake, she is one tough customer.
Pressel began playing when she was eight years old, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. She lived there with her parents, and her grandparents close by. An uncle, Aaron Krickstein, was a famous tennis player who turned pro at age 16.
Pressel enjoyed success early and often on the junior circuit and won 11 AJGA tournaments. She entered the qualifying stages for the U.S. Women's Open in 2001 and played her way into that championship. She was 12 when she qualified and 13 when the tournament was played.
Tragedy struck the family in 2003 - Morgan's mother died of breast cancer. Pressel moved in with her grandparents, and her grandfather, Herb Krickstein (Aaron's father), became the guiding influence in her life.
In her junior career, Pressel was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American. She also won the Florida state high school championships in 2003-05.
The year 2005 was a coming out year for Morgan Pressel. She won the U.S. Women's Amateur, earned AJGA Player of the Year honors, and became the top-ranked girls junior.
And she very nearly won the U.S. Women's Open, finishing tied for second after Birdie Kim's unlikely hole-out from a bunker on the final hole.
She had originally committed to play collegiate golf at Duke, but decided instead to turn pro and entered the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at the end of 2005, at 17 years old.
Pressel finished sixth to earn her Tour card, and after graduating high school in May 2006 joined the LPGA full-time.
In her rookie season, Pressel posted nine Top 10s with a best finish of third.
Then, early in 2007, she won her first LPGA tournament - and also her first major championship - at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. At age 18 years, 10 months, 9 days, she became the youngest-ever major winner on the LPGA and fourth-youngest winner of any LPGA Tour event.
Pressel contended often in the years that followed, particularly on difficult golf courses.