BOCA RATON Fla. –The small silver trophy blends so effortlessly into the vast lime green space that a visitor might overlook it. There, between a pair of funky white chairs that Pressel bought to freshen up her home, sits the 2007 Kraft Nabisco replica.
Pressel, 22, became the youngest player to win a major championship at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days. Her youthful energy can be seen around the edges of the nearly 6,000-square-foot home that she bought fully furnished last March. Pressel slowly has been working her way around the house, adding a few modern twists.
An architecture junkie, Pressel finds a passion and delves headlong into it, whether it’s cameras, interior design or golf. She’s sharper than most, having missed only one question on the math portion of her SATs.
Pressel moved into Boca’s posh St. Andrews community at age 8. When her mother, Kathy, died of breast cancer in 2003, Pressel moved in with her grandparents a mile down the road. She lived there until last year.
“Moving out has been great,” said Pressel, who resides on the same street where she lived with her parents. “I’m able to relax more.”
As Pressel’s style and taste mature with age, one thing has been a constant: Her love for Ralph Lauren. As a brace-faced junior, a precocious Pressel sported the iconic pony. Now, as a professional, she’s an ambassador for Ralph Lauren Golf worldwide. She even has her own namesake shirt.
“No one else has the look of Ralph or the prestige,” Pressel said.
“It’s just class.”
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In January, Pressel hosted the fourth annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament at St. Andrews. She raised a record $502,000 with the help of friends Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Rickie Fowler and her short-game instructors, the father-son team of Dave and Ron Stockton.
“A lot of money comes from the confines of St. Andrews,” said Pressel, who mirrored her mother so much as a child that she was known as “Kathy the Second.”
To date, Pressel has raised $1.7 million for breast-cancer research. In 2009, she purchased the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan, which has tested more than 1,000 women in Palm Beach County for breast cancer.
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Imagine being able to walk into any Ralph Lauren store in the world and walk out with a wardrobe. Not surprisingly, Pressel plans to double the size of her closet this spring.
“Ralph just opened a new store on Madison Ave. in September, and it is unbelievable,” she said.
Unlike most apparel sponsors, Lauren can use the Ralph collection to dress Pressel from head to toe – from the golf course to the red carpet. Each year, Pressel gets six different lines to wear in tournaments. Those clothes get passed down to her cousin, 16-year-old Marissa Kay, a budding junior golfer.
Pressel has met Ralph Lauren a few times and describes him as extremely quiet and unassuming.
“He’s smaller than you’d expect him to be,” she said, “but he commands so much attention.”