“I’m definitely disappointed, but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve contended, so I’m happy with the way that I played this week as a whole,” Pressel said. “I had chances. Nothing went in. And that happens.”
Pressel, 25, is making a comeback this year after a trying 2012 where she suffered a left thumb injury in the middle of the season and failed to record a top-10 finish. Until last week’s finish, Pressel’s biggest highlights of the season were family oriented. The year started out with a bang when she married longtime boyfriend Andy Bush, who works for sports marketing firm Octagon, in January in Florida. In March, younger sister Madison Pressel, who was a senior at the University of Texas, qualified for the inaugural North Texas Shootout and competed in the same LPGA event with her older sister for the first time.
Last week, she shot her low round of the season (a first-round 68), led the field in putting (102 putts, her season low for a 72-hole event) and also had a season-high 15 birdies. She ranks third in putting on the LPGA this season. Now she is focused on continuing that momentum in the next events.
“I love playing in Arkansas (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship),” Pressel said. “It’s the next event. It's a good golf course for me. I've played at Sebonack already (the U.S. Women’s Open site). I think that's a very good golf course for me. … It’s a course with some big greens that rely on a lot of short game. Just like any Open, fairways and greens are important, similar to this golf course, but I’ve been up to Sebonack a couple of times going back this week, and I feel like I have a little bit of local knowledge on my side and kind of have a good idea of how to play the golf course and a good game plan.”
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