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15-year-old Miles Russell finishes in the LECOM Suncoast Classic top 25 and earns another Korn Ferry start

Vaseline 2 months ago

Miles Russell gets another week on the Korn Ferry Tour after putting in an incredible performance at the 2024 LECOM Suncoast Classic on Sunday.

Russell closed the tournament with his second round of 5-under 66 this week, giving him a total of four rounds of 14-under 270.

The 15-year-old, the No. 1-ranked kid in the American Junior Golf Association rankings, finished in the top 25 of this week’s event. By finishing in the top 25, Russell earned a spot in the field at next week’s Korn Ferry Tour event, the Veritex Bank Championship at the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas.

Asked about his Friday 66 to make the cut, Russell said reaching the top 25 was a big goal for the weekend.

“I think the goal would be top 25. Competing next week would be really cool,” he said. “That’s definitely the top goal and maybe something will come of it, but we’ll see.”

Russell had already made history this week as the youngest player to make the cut in a Korn Ferry Tour event, becoming the second-youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event (going back to records from 1983).

“The goal was to make the cut and we made it, so we’ll see where the weekend goes,” he said. “I mean, it’s just a cool record to break. I don’t know how much longer (I’ll still have the record). I mean, people get so good, so young. It could last a week, You never know , but right now it’s pretty cool.”

Russell has a full slate of events planned for the rest of the year. He will of course play in various AJGA events and amateur events. He will also play on the PGA Tour in the fall at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. And as long as he can finish in the top 25 in Korn Ferry Tour events, he will continue to have playing opportunities on that circuit.

So perhaps Russell was a bit prescient when he said on Friday: ‘We’ll see how the rest of the year goes. Who knows, next year it could be even crazier.’