Pressel was born in Tampa, Florida, to Mike Pressel and Kathy Krickstein Pressel. She attended Banyan Creek Elementary School, Omni Middle School, and graduated in 2006 from the Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, a private school affiliated with the Episcopal Church. She has stated that her Jewish faith plays a large role in her life. Her mother died of breast cancer in September 2003, after which Pressel moved in with her grandparents Evelyn Krickstein and Dr. Herb Krickstein, a retired physician and pathologist who is her coach as well as her grandfather, while her two younger siblings stayed with their father. Pressel continues to live with her grandparents. They are the parents of former top-10 tennis player Aaron Krickstein, Pressel’s uncle. For the eldest Krickstein, this is the second time he has groomed a young athlete into a star. Aaron Krickstein holds the record for being the youngest player ever to win a men’s professional title, having won a tournament in Tel Aviv in 1983. Pressel turned professional in November 2005, after appealing to the LPGA to become a member as a 17-year-old. LPGA rules state that members must be 18 years old. She played part-time on the tour while still attending high school until her graduation in May 2006. She earned her first victory in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. With the win, Pressel became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major golf tournament at 18 years, 313 days. She is represented by IMG sports management agency and has endorsement deals with Callaway Golf, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Oakley. Pressel made her first hole-in-one as a professional golfer on July 15, 2007, at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. It was a 152-yard par 3 — hole 6 for the tournament. It was not enough to win, though; Se Ri Pak won the event for the fifth time. Pressel qualified for the 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup teams, earning a spot on the 2007 team in her second full-year on the LPGA Tour as a 19-year-old. She is undefeated in Solheim Cup singles play.