CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA | The number makes you stop and do a double take. Can it really be 250 starts since Morgan Pressel last won a tournament? Seeing her name on the leaderboard at the Kia Classic made me do the math and even I found the results surprising – and I’ve covered her entire career.
When Pressel, then 18, became the youngest major championship winner in LPGA history at the 2007 ANA Inspiration – a record since broken by Lydia Ko – and backed it up with a win in Hawaii the next year, it appeared as if the sky was the limit. Instead, she hit a ceiling a couple years ago.
But there was Pressel, with her 31st birthday approaching in May, lurking in third place after an opening-round 68 at the Kia, giving her legion of fans reason to smile. Chatting with her, it’s clear that while she’s working as hard as ever on her game, that is only a part of her very satisfying life.
There is so much more to Morgan than golf. There is her husband, Andy Bush, an executive with the D.C. United professional soccer team who worked with the golf management company Octagon when they met and married in 2013. There is her puppy Zoe, a mini-English Goldendoodle they’ve had since August and is adored.
“The last couple of years have been hard, but I think it is swing issues and we are working them out. This is the best it has been in a long time.” – Morgan Pressel
And there is the Morgan Pressel Foundation, which, for the 12th consecutive year, raised money for breast cancer researc…