Pressel Helping LPGA's Popularity

Tuesday, April 29th 2008, 10:13 pm
By: News On 6

Morgan Pressel practiced putt after putt as the LPGA professional prepared for the SemGroup Championship. It's familiar territory for the tour toddler who's only a teenager. 

"Somebody asked me yesterday where I went to college and I said, ‘Well, I didn't go.' I'm very lucky I've been able to play against the best players in the world since I was 17 and I'm only 19 so hopefully I have some time left," said Pressel.

The wunderkind has wowed fans, netting more than $1.4 million in career earnings and is a part of group helping women's golf grow in popularity.

"There's more people coming out to watch and they're just waiting for that after effect of what it does for the tour in terms of popularity in the public," said Pressel. "We're growing and soon we'll hopefully start to see some of those benefits."

After winning one of golf's majors last year at age 18, Pressel only has one top 10 finish in six tries this season. Now she's in Tulsa going for win number one of 2008.

"I've fell a little bit this year and my game has fallen a bit. Hopefully I can pick it back up," said Pressel.

She'll have to do it with the world's best golfer in the field this week. Lorena Ochoa has five wins in six tries this season, a streaky stretch Pressel hopes will stop. 

"Lorena's pretty impressive, there's no doubt about that. It'd be a great mark in history, five in a row, six in a row who knows," said Pressel. "She's playing great and I hope she does well, but I'm out here to win this week as well."

It's all a part of the growing pains that go with trying to be one of golf's best.

By Kyle Dierking, Video Journalist.