Pressel to donate half of earnings in Japan return

Morgan Pressel is returning to Japan to defend her title, and

she will give half of whatever she makes to the American Red Cross

toward relief efforts for tsunami and earthquake victims.

Pressel said Tuesday she would play the World Ladies

Championship Salonpas Cup on May 5-8. It will be held at Ibaraki

Golf Club and is considered the first major of the year on the

Japan LPGA Tour.

Pressel says she holds a special place in her heart for Japan,

and she hopes the tournament can help boost morale in the area. The

prefecture of Ibaraki is about 150 miles south of Sendai, the area

hardest hit by the March 11 disaster. She also says she’s honored

to have a chance to give back to the country in a time of need.

Pressel’s own foundation has raised nearly $2 million toward

fighting breast cancer.