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15-year-old Miles Russell makes history with T20 finish at Korn Ferry Tour event and earns another start

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Miles Russell, the youngest player ever with a top-25 finish on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, made seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch on Sunday.

Miles Russell, the youngest player ever with a top-25 finish on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, made seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch on Sunday. (Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

At the age of 15, Miles Russell will be completing his freshman year of high school this spring.

But on Sunday, after a historic weekend at Lakewood National Golf Club, Russell earned another start on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Russell shot a 5-under 66 and made an incredible seven birdies over a 10-hole stretch on Sunday to close out the LECOM Suncoast Classic. That put him at 14 under this week and gave him a T20 finish at the event, making him the youngest player since they started keeping records in 1983 to complete a top-25 finish on the PGA Tour of the Korn Ferry Tour.

ever had a top-25 finish on the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Tour.

“It was a great week. It was great,” Russell said via the PGA Tour. “Especially with my first one, you might get some strange looks, like, ‘Who is that little kid at the shooting range?’ But you know, everyone was so nice and so helpful with everything.

“I just try to go with the flow and take it as it comes to me, and I just try to stay cool. I’ve been able to get some good shots at the right times.”

Russell, the current American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, entered this week’s match on a sponsor exemption. Last year he won the Junior PGA Championship by seven shots, becoming the youngest person to ever win the Junior Players Championship. The only other male player to win the AJGA’s Player of the Year award at age 15 was Tiger Woods.

Russell also posted a 66 on Friday, making him the youngest player ever to make the cut at 15 years, 5 months and 17 days. Gripper Finau, the younger brother of PGA Tour golfer Tony Finau, won the previous Korn Ferry Tour title at the age of 16. China’s Guan Tianlang reached the Masters in 2013 when he was 14. That is still the record for a PGA Tour event.

“If I play well I think I can compete with some of the better pros, but this week I played well and I think it showed a little bit,” Russell said. “But good play is always good, and it certainly builds confidence to finish where we’re going to finish today.”

Although Russell is still competing as an amateur and will not receive any money or Korn Ferry Tour points for his finish on Sunday, his finish did earn him a spot in next week’s Veritex Bank Championship in Texas. He’s not yet old enough to compete full-time on the Korn Ferry Tour, but he can continue to earn entries week after week, as anyone finishing in the top 25 will automatically gain entry into the following week’s event.

Tim Widing defeated Steven Fisk and Patrick Cover in a play-off on Sunday afternoon to win the LECOM Suncoast Classic. The trio reached 20 under this week, six shots better than Russell.