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Miles Russell, 15, set for PGA Tour debut at Rocket Mortgage Classic

DETROIT — Miles Russell, the 15-year-old Florida native who became the youngest player in Korn Ferry Tour history to make a cut, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to make his PGA Tour debut at Rocket Mortgage Classic.

“Ever since I started playing golf, my dream has been to compete on the PGA Tour and test my game against the best players,” Russell said Monday. “I can’t wait to make the most of this experience later this month.”

Rickie Fowler will attempt to defend his Rocket Mortgage Classic title at Detroit Golf Club starting June 27.

Russell shot a 5-under 66 in April at the Lecom Suncoast Classic in Longwood, Fla., to earn a spot on the PGA Tour developmental circuit. The Jacksonville Beach High School freshman has been taking online classes since eighth grade.


Miles Russell of the United States plays his shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Veritex Bank Championship at Texas Rangers Golf Club on April 26, 2024.
Miles Russell of the United States plays his shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Veritex Bank Championship at Texas Rangers Golf Club on April 26, 2024. Getty Images

He was the American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year in 2023, which includes winning the PGA Junior Championship by seven strokes and becoming the youngest winner of the Junior Players Championship.

Russell is expected to return to the Detroit area in July to compete in the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club.


Miles Russell of the United States reacts on the 18th green during the final round of the LECOM Suncoast Classic at Lakewood National Golf Club Commander on April 21, 2024.
American Miles Russell reacts on the 18th green during the final round of the LECOM Suncoast Classic at Lakewood National Golf Club Commander on April 21, 2024. Getty Images

“He has proven through his many accomplishments at such a young age that he belongs, and we are excited to see Miles compete alongside the best golfers in the world here at Detroit Golf Club,” said Jason Langwell, Executive Director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Earlier this year, the left-hander nearly qualified for a PGA Tour event before losing in a playoff in a qualifying match Monday for the Puerto Rico Open.

Guan Tianlang of China is the youngest person to qualify in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. He was 14 when he qualified for the 2013 Masters, as the Asia-Pacific amateur champion.

New York Post

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