Rolex Rankings No. 15 and two-time LPGA Tour winner Morgan Pressel lit up Royal Birkdale with a third-round 65 at the RICOH Women's British Open. Playing alongside Song-Hee Kim in the 10th game out this morning, Pressel began her round with bogeys on one and two. “Those first two holes are just very difficult. I had a rough start, but came back strong and stayed tough in some rain and wind out there,” said Pressel.
The owner of one Major title, the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Pressel bounced back with birdies on three and four. She added two more birdies on seven and eight to make the turn at two-under par. After dropping a shot with a bogey four at the par-3 12th, Pressel took command of the demanding Birkdale lay-out. She birdied 13, 14, 16, eagled 17, and birdied 18. Pressel needed only 25 putts, including eleven one putts in the third round. Pressel’s 65 is the low round of the week. She stands at three-under-par for the tournament.Pressel was in danger of missing the cut after a first-round 77. She rallied with a second-round 71 to advance to the weekend. Pressel, who finished tied for second at last week’s Evian Masters, is looking forward to Championship Sunday, remarking, “I put myself right back in the hunt.”
In four previous starts at the RICOH Women’s’ British Open, Pressel has two missed cuts. She finished tied for 56th in 2006 and tied for 42nd in 2009. Pressel is having solid 2010 season with five top-10 finishes. She is currently ranked tied for fourth in greens in regulation putting and 13th in putting average.