Teen Golf Prodigy Miles Russell to Debut at Rocket Mortgage Classic

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June 4, 2024

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Fifteen-year-old golf prodigy Miles Russell will make his PGA Tour debut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic later this month, following his historic achievements on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Miles Russell, a 15-year-old golf prodigy from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is set to make his PGA Tour debut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic later this month. The announcement on Monday has sent ripples of excitement through the golfing community, marking a significant milestone in Russell's already impressive career.

Russell made headlines earlier this year by becoming the youngest player to make the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour. His standout performance at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in April saw him finish tied for 20th, making him the youngest player since 1983 to place in the top 25 in a Korn Ferry Tour or PGA Tour event.

Awarded one of four sponsor's exemptions, Russell will compete against some of golf's top professionals from June 27-30 at Detroit Golf Club. This prestigious event is famously known as a proving ground for future stars, with Rickie Fowler as the defending champion.

"The Rocket Mortgage Classic is renowned for showcasing future stars, and we are thrilled to have Miles make his PGA Tour debut here, adding to that legacy," said tournament director Jason Langwell. "His numerous accomplishments at such a young age prove that he belongs, and we are excited to see him compete alongside the world's best golfers."

Russell, a high school freshman who has been taking online classes since the eighth grade, expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for the upcoming challenge. "I am thankful to Rocket Mortgage for giving me the opportunity to make my PGA Tour debut," Russell said. "Since I first started playing golf, my dream has been to compete on the PGA Tour and test my game against the best players. I’m looking forward to making the most of this experience."

In addition to his upcoming debut, Russell is expected to return to the Detroit area in July to compete at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club. This follows his recent attempt to qualify for a PGA Tour event, where he narrowly missed out after losing in a playoff for a spot in the Puerto Rico Open.

Russell's achievements include winning the Junior PGA Championship by seven shots and becoming the youngest winner of the Junior Players Championship. His impressive track record earned him the AJGA Player of the Year award at a younger age than Tiger Woods.

While China's Guan Tianlang holds the record as the youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event at the 2013 Masters, Russell's PGA Tour debut marks another significant milestone for young golfers worldwide.

The golf world will be watching closely as Miles Russell takes his first swing on the PGA Tour at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, eager to see what this young talent will achieve next.