ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Morgan Pressel wishes she had a dollar for every time someone asked her about her chances of making the Solheim Cup team.
And if she had a dollar for every time she thought about it?
"I'd be a bizillionaire," Pressel said Thursday, candid as ever after opening with a 6-under 66 in the Women's British Open.
Pressel has played on three Solheim Cup teams for the Americans, but she was on the outside of the standings coming into the final qualifying event of the year. She can't earn one of the eight spots available through points even if she were to win this major championship. Her best hope is through the women's world ranking — the top two Americans not already eligible are taken. Pressel is three-hundredths of a point behind Jennifer Johnson.
Johnson opened with a 74 and is in danger of missing the cut.
"It's something I don't want to miss and something that I'm definitely thinking about — and at the same time, trying not to think about and trying to worry about focusing on this week," Pressel said. "That was my biggest goal coming into this week, to not think about Solheim Cup."
The score suggests she achieved her goal.
"I only thought about it maybe a handful of times on every shot," she said with a laugh. "Not every shot. When it did come up, I tried to say, 'Hey, there's a lead out there and I'm trying to chase that lead. I'm not worried about finishing in the top 20 or worried about my ranking or anything like that. If I play my game, I'll be on that team."
Pressel figures she missed the equivalent of a year battling a wrist injury. She still played, but was not effective. Her game began to turn around at the LPGA Championship, where she narrowly missed a playoff won by Inbee Park.
SAVED BY THE RAKE: Jodi Ewart Shadoff was headed for trouble on the 16th hole when her approach caught a slope above a deep pot bunker and was headed for the sand. A rake placed to the right of the bunker stopped her ball.
She took a free drop for relief, and the ball rolled quickly into the bunker, nearly hitting the caddie of Inbee Park, unaware of what was going on above him. Ewart Shadoff was able to place the ball, getting an enormous break. She pitched it to about 5 feet.
And then missed the putt, anyway, making bogey.
THE OLD COURSE: Inbee Park was going over her scorecard when she couldn't remember how she made birdie on the sixth hole.
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