Wedding keeps Pressel busy during injury-riddled season
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Peering through the glass of Morgan Pressel’s front doors, it’s obvious that her life has changed since our last visit. For starters, the living room walls are no longer lime green. Apparently Pressel’s fiance didn’t want to live in a “sorority house.”
It’s a classic line from Andy Bush, Pressel’s soon-to-be husband. The two met at a pro-am in Tulsa, Okla., in 2007 and plan to wed in January. Painting the walls a more neutral beige is just the beginning of a life lived as two rather than one.
Pressel, 24, went out and bought a 1 1/2-inch binder immediately after Bush put a sizable (jaw-dropping) diamond on her left hand. Her wedding book has dividers with labeled tabs for everything from music to cake to the after-party. She was looking at pictures of potential bridesmaids dresses as they came through her phone shortly before our photo shoot began.
“I live on Pinterest,” she said,
It has been an unusual year for Pressel, planning her wedding and working through the first significant injury of her career. Similar to what happened to good friend Paula Creamer several years ago, Pressel injured her thumb hitting out of the rough at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June. She withdrew during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and U.S. Women’s Open because the pain was so unbearable.
Pressel rested for two weeks and got a cortisone shot. Because she played too long with the injury, Pressel said her swing suffered as she found ways to compensate. She started out well at the Ricoh Women’s British Open with rounds of 72-73 in difficult conditions. The weekend was more a test of survival, hitting off the hard English terrain.
“On Saturday morning, I felt like someone was taking a knife to my wrist,” she said.
Pressel finished the tournament and found out she has something called intersection syndrome, a type of wrist tendinitis. She reluctantly withdrew from the Navistar LPGA Classic and resumed resting. The time off likely has improved her culinary skills. She also spent nearly three hours in the gym every day because she had the time.
“The white-dress workout,” Pressel said, referring to the gown that, like most details of her traditional Jewish wedding, remains a secret.
Earlier this week Pressel played two rounds for the first time at Cristie Kerr’s charity event and said that though the golf wasn’t pretty, she felt no pain. She heads to Malaysia later in the week after first visiting Bush in Arkansas.
While Pressel won’t even open her wedding binder to a curious reporter, she did rattle off a list of bridesmaids that sounded like a Solheim Cup team.
Creamer, Kerr, Nicole Castrale and Meaghan Francella will be standing with Pressel, along with younger sister Madison, a cousin and Lauren Mielbrecht, a high school friend who missed advancing to the second stage of LPGA Q-School by one stroke. Pressel would like nothing more than to take a trip with all seven girls for her bachelorette party but ...
“You can imagine our schedules,” she said.
The most famous person involved in Pressel’s wedding, however, doesn’t swing a golf club for a living. Global makeup icon Bobbi Brown happens to be a friend of Pressel’s and offered her services for the big day. While most brides have a practice session with their stylists before the wedding, Pressel said that won’t be necessary with Brown.
“I think I trust her,” she said, laughing.
In addition to the paint, Pressel’s rich, white leather couch in the living room is new, along with two pillows given by her aunt that read: “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right.”
“Andy said it would be funnier if it wasn’t true,” Pressel said.
And then smiled.