Pressel impresses Priddis

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

The bubbly and beer shower was meant for champion Suzann Pettersen.

In the end, though, Morgan Pressel was covered with as much champagne as the CN Canadian Women's Open winner.

And she pointed out that fact to Kristy McPherson, who was in charge of the faux Dom Perignon, as they walked off the 18th green at the Priddis Golf and Country Club.

"You had a good day, too," McPherson reminded Pressel.

A good day and a great weekend.

Pressel, one of the LPGA's glamour girls, started the day nine shots off the pace set by Pettersen, too much to reel in a victory, but her second straight 5-under-par 66 was enough to pull her into the five-way tie for second spot.

"I haven't played that well as of late -- actually I'll take that back, I've played well and haven't scored well and haven't made a whole lot of putts and put it together," Pressel said.

"I did that this weekend."

Pettersen raced to a five-stroke win, but the log jam was right behind her.

Momoko Udea shot 65 and Ai Miyazato fired a 67 to storm out of the pack and also finish at 10-under 274.

Pettersen's playing partners in the final group, Karrie Webb (69) and Angela Stanford (70), couldn't distance themselves enough, despite their head start.

All five who finished in second place collect US$157,477.

Had one of them managed to nab the spot alone, it would have been worth US$252,744, but Pressel wasn't complaining about missing a birdie putt on the 18th green.

"I haven't had that great of a season in that sense and this will help me move up the money list and probably help my ranking. Those are certainly important things," she said.

For anybody to catch Pettersen would have been an incredible achievement, and Webb had a shot when she pulled within three strokes after the fifth hole.

For a spell, though, Pressel was making her charge.

A two-putt birdie on the par-5 12th -- her fifth red circle in an eight-hole run -- put her at 10-under.

Her undoing was a bogey on the par-4 13th after putting her second shot in the water.

"A tight swing, I didn't fully commit to the shot and that's what happens. That hole gave me some problems this week," she said.

She wasn't alone having problems at least at some point on the course.

Webb left two birdie putts short on the front nine which could have meant a one-shot deficit, while Stanford -- who started the day in second place at 9-under -- bogeyed the third hole and followed it with a double-bogey on the fourth. From there, her quest was to just stay in the hunt for second.

"If anything, get back to par," she said. "I haven't played many four-round events that I didn't have a round over par, so that was kind of what was motivating me out there."

Stanford found some consistency on the back nine and even chipped in for eagle on the par-4 17th hole.

Pressel's final result was an impressive finish considering she opened the tournament with two even rounds.

She didn't want to hear any excuses the wind on Thursday -- which kicked up just as she hit the course -- was any undoing.

"Look at Suzann, she was right in front of me the first two days," Pressel said.

"I had my opportunities. I didn't think, even in the wind and shooting even par, I played all that well. It shows and I played much better (Saturday) in the wind and scored much better.

"It was hanging in there the first two days, and to think I ended up 10-under-par after just barely making the cut, I'm happy about that."

She also won over the crowds, quickly becoming a fan favourite by showing her personality on the course and interacting with the masses.

"I don't know why, but I feel I'm kind of a favourite up here. It's not like if I was Canadian, but I was talking to the CN guys and said I'll be the resident Canadian that made the cut," said Pressel, who had a Canadian flag on her bag and her ball marker.

"It's great to think people with such a short golf season enjoy it so much and want to come out and watch us play."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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