An Interview With: Morgan Pressel
MORGAN PRESSEL: I had a good start, really good start the first few holes. Then I missed a short putt on 4 and then kind of got a little angry at myself for a few holes, which hurt me a little bit and but then I fought back to try and make pars, I figured par would be a pretty good score from there. I didn't play great today. I didn't strike the ball well by any means. I made some good par saves and then missed a couple of birdie putts that ultimately determined the end, so....
RHONDA GLENN: It was really cute, I hate to say that on the 18th hole when you saw Birdie sink the bunker shot and you put your hands up on top of your baseball cap. What went through your mind? What were you thinking?
Only way to get it close on 18 is to run it up because once you land it on the green or anywhere near it's going to go long, so I just got an unlucky bounce, kicked right instead of left like the fairway slopes, and tried to hole it. Didn't work too well.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Closest I have come to being beaten -- I don't remember. I am sure it's happened. I can't pinpoint one point in time. But last year at Polo I was playing the semis against Julieta Grenada. I was one down going into 18 and holed a bunker shot on the last hole to extend it and then won in the third extra hole.
Q. Seemed like a lot of the amateurs the attention for the amateurs was Michelle Wie, but how do you feel about two amateurs sharing the runner-up status and Michelle I don't think has qualified for next year?
MORGAN PRESSEL: You know, Brittany is a good friend of mine and I have known her for a long time. I saw her name on the board. She played a great round of golf today. Anything par or even better is unbelievable. It was so tough out there today, especially late the wind blew a lot. But I mean we played well. Other people out there that can play, so.....
MORGAN PRESSEL: It wasn't nerves. Just walking up a steep hill, I get tired. It is a long week. Walking the course a lot, and I don't know it wasn't -- after you walk up a steep hill it is kind of -- walk away and take your breath and then come back and hit it, maybe it was the altitude, I don't know.
MORGAN PRESSEL: It was actually harder when I got to the ball because it was actually in a good lie, which is when it's sitting up, then you are afraid that you are actually going to go under it because it was really sitting up high in the rough, which is the first time it happened to me all week.
I said to myself, you can't leave it short, you have got to at least put it on the green and give it a shot to -- I mean, I had an uphill slope to go, so it wasn't like I could roll it up, so, it was a tough shot, but -- I don't know.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I guess, I always have fun, it's disappointing not to win, but I have a lot of years left and I mean, I was just grinding the whole time with her. It was an awesome walk going down the fairways, everyone is cheering for me. It was so much fun.
MORGAN PRESSEL: It would probably have to go back to the miss par-putt on 4, because that started a streak of three bogeys in a row. I just got a little quick in that area. That was where I gave it away. I could have made that putt on 16 that could have gone, if I also made a few other good par saves.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, I mean, it's the last day of the Open, I actually surprisingly first day I thought I would be a lot more nervous than I was, but I was hardly nervous at all, which was nice. I was able to concentrate on my shot. But I mean, I am sure some people were nervous and, you know, it's a tough -- it is a short little hole, but it is a tough hole. It's a tight, tight drive and then if you leave yourself too far back then you got a long shot in a small green, and I was just perfect enough to -- I tried to play it so that it would bounce up to the back and I thought I made my putt, but I mean, you know, people -- like Karen on the first hole, I mean, I think that her second shot went way left. I think that was just all nerves personally. I don't think you'd see her hit a shot like that any normal day.
MORGAN PRESSEL: I just played in a few events with her, I knew she was a good player. She obviously played extremely well all week and hit some great shots, many could go down the stretch. So I mean, I never met her, never played with her, if that's what you are asking.
Q. Looking at your math score and SAT score obviously you are quite a perfectionist when it comes to school and everything. Sometimes is that tough for you out on a golf course because this is a game where you can do everything right and get a bad bounce is that part of where you get frustrating? What is it like being a perfectionist out there?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I was just want to hit every shot well and I think that I can. When you don't, I get a little frustrated, yeah, I am not afraid to show it, I guess, but I don't know, I just try and do my best on every shot and hope for the best.
MORGAN PRESSEL: This was the Low Am then they had the runner-up for the Open, so she got the runner-up one and I walked up first they gave me this. Then they gave Brittany that one because they only had one of each.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, as of right now I think we have brought a lot of attention to the Tour, a lot of attention to women's golf. If we can keep playing well and I think that it's just going to get younger and younger and it's just going to be tougher to win, I don't know if you will see anybody dominate like Annika. There's going to be so many players that are really, really good at a young age.
Q. I know yesterday you said a couple of times nobody remembers anybody finishing second. Do you still buy that and do you think that in a couple of days you will be able to look back on this with any kind of positive feeling?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, the par on 15 kept me in, and I was walking up 16 and I saw that -- as I was walking to the green I saw that she had bogeyed that hole and I had a birdie putt that I thought was right in the hole and just that much short (indicating an inch) Then I would have taken the lead by one that -- I thought it would have been mine if I would have made that putt.
MORGAN PRESSEL: My tee balls was okay today. Nothing was real special. I must have been really pumped up on 17 after what happened on 16 because I hit that 3-wood I think like 280. It was huge. The camera guy looks at me, he goes wow, you hit that far. I was like a little pumped up, I know.
Yeah, I mean I was just trying to stay calm, not get ahead of myself and if I have started -- sometimes I walk really fast when I get really into it, when I grind, sometimes I try to slow down and walk a little slower and take a few deep breaths.
Q. As much golf as you have played and good battles you have been in, have you had anything happen to you like that that's even remotely close, somebody holing a long birdie putt on you or doing something goofy like that?
MORGAN PRESSEL: 6, at that point Karen and I were tied and she hit the shot a little left and it got a bad kick down the slope. I was like center of the green, but I tried to choke up on a 6-iron and sometimes I get a little, I don't know, I just hook -- pull it a little bit too much. It went down the hill, too.
MORGAN PRESSEL: I hit a little hook of a drive and it was just like the fringe -- first cut, went this way around the bunker. My ball was like right here between the rough and the first cut and I thought I had the perfect club with a lob wedge if I would have hit it good. I hit it really well. I guess it's just coming through maybe, it caught a little bit of grass and held it up just that much, hit the bunker, came in, I had about 7-foot putt. Thought I was right in the hole, but not today.
MORGAN PRESSEL: I chose a 5-iron and I don't hit real high shots, so I thought that if I landed it somewhere around the front edge of the green it would be perfect and it would stop right by the hole. Got a little unlucky bounce, maybe hit a little skinny.
Q. How does your thinking change as you are walking towards your ball at 18, kind of visualizing or planning a shot in your mind, and then seeing what happened above? How does that change your approach on that shot? That's got to be a jolt --
MORGAN PRESSEL: On that hole, on any hole out here, actually you have to force yourself to make a birdie, you know, the pins were tucked today and usually over slopes and things like that, but especially on that hole when you got a long shot up a steep hill and that green has been so firm all week, so to force yourself have to hit it on the front of that green is pretty tough.
MORGAN PRESSEL: (Laughs) I forgot about that actually. She said that to me. I said, "What are you saying? I am going to win." She looked at me like I was crazy. But I don't know if I will see her again, but that was fun knee. (Laughs) I forgot about that.