Morgan Pressel spent a good part of her Tuesday at PGA National, trying to get a feel for how the challenging Tom Fazio creation will play this week.
She won’t be competing at The Honda Classic, of course. Nevertheless, Pressel will be inside the ropes on Thursday and Friday – working as an on-course reporter for Golf Channel.
This week marks the 32-year-old’s second venture doing golf play-by-play, so to speak, and her first at a PGA TOUR event. She will be working with five-time TOUR winner Notah Begay III and two of the game’s most highly respected caddies turned broadcasters, Jim “Bones” Mackay and John Wood.
Pressel said Wood was incredibly helpful on Tuesday, giving her advice and introducing her to people she needed to know but otherwise might not have met. She did see a lot of familiar faces, though, including one of her former caddies, Jon Yarbrough, who now loops for Scott Stallings.
Another was Jim Furyk, the 17-time TOUR champ who is also a major champion, as is Pressel. The two share a commitment to philanthropy and have met several times – although with the mask mandate, she admits she made sure to go up and introduce herself.
“Quite a few people had asked how the commentating was going and why I was out there,” Pressel says. “It just seemed overall generally positive.”
Pressel, who plans to continue to compete on the LPGA Tour while joining the Golf Channel and NBC crew at events like the U.S. Women’s Open and Solheim Cup, knows she faces a bit of a learning curve this week. She considers herself a fan of the game, though, and says the TV in her Delray Beach home is almost always turned to golf broadcasts when she is not competing.
“I think the biggest challenge is that I’m just not out on the PGA TOUR week in and week out like I am on the LPGA,” Pressel explains. “I mean, I have a knowledge of the players from watching television. But having a deep personal knowledge of the players, it’s definitely something that is different from working LPGA.”