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Looking at Creamer, Pressel and Ochoa

Paula Creamer, 20, already owns three career LPGA victories. Morgan Pressel, 19, already has a major championship title. Lorena Ochoa, 25, is already the world's top-ranked player.


You don't have to be an LPGA junkie to realize there's a youth movement taking place in the ladies' game. More than likely, we'll see a few more young stars in contention at this week's McDonald's LPGA Championship -- the second major of the year.

What does the future hold for Creamer, Pressel and Ochoa? Our experts tee off in Fact or Fiction.

Paula Creamer is the top under-21 player in women's golf.

Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: FACT. The world rankings put Morgan Pressel ahead, but Creamer has more victories and is more consistent.

Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: FACT. The Rolex Rankings show Creamer one slot behind Pressel (Nos. 4 and 5 on the list), but she's a more complete and consistent player at this point in their respective careers.

Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: FACT. Three LPGA victories and two more overseas is a résumé no other young player can match. And she will only get better.

John Antonini, senior editor, Golf World: FACT. A year ago Michelle Wie may have been the choice, and even though she has won a major, Morgan Pressel is more of a grinder than Creamer. The Pink Panther's overall game is a bit better than the brash Pressel's.

Morgan Pressel will someday win the career Grand Slam.

Harig: FICTION. To suggest she is going to win all four majors when she's won just one tournament so far is too much of a reach. Pressel needs to get into contention more often at all the events.

Sobel: FICTION. She's already got the Kraft Nabisco and will win a bunch of U.S. Women's Open titles over the next two decades, but asking for the career Grand Slam may be a bit of a reach.

Sirak: FICTION. Pressel is a great USGA player and will win majors on courses that are difficult where par is a good score. She'll have trouble in those majors where you have to go double-digit under par.

Antonini: FICTION. It's a tough call, and she has plenty of time to accomplish the feat, but I'm guessing one of the remaining three majors Pressel hasn't won will vex her. She has done well in USGA events, so she should eventually win the Women's Open. The Women's British might be the one she misses out on.

Lorena Ochoa will win a major this year.

Harig: FACT. This is the next step for the No. 1-ranked player in the world.

Sobel: FICTION. Just a few days ago, I would have said this was a fact, but Ochoa's latest misstep when the pressure was on -- she duck-hooked a tee shot O.B. in the Ginn Tribute playoff -- proves that her confidence and nerves have yet to catch up to her world-class talent.

Sirak: FACT. She learns from her mistakes. She was hot when she left Charleston after letting the Ginn get away and may just get that first major this week.

Antonini: FICTION. She's too inconsistent. One week she shows she deserves the top spot in the Rolex Rankings with a comeback win at the Sybase Classic, then she melts down at the Ginn, blowing a final-round lead and losing a playoff to unheralded Nicole Castrale. Until she finally sheds her final-round demons, I'm not picking her to win a major.

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