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Korn Ferry Tour: 15-year-old Miles Russell units unreal document

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Miles Russell began taking part in golf at two years outdated and first broke par on the age of six.

9 years after taking pictures below par for the primary time, Russell made the reduce in a Korn Ferry Tour occasion, changing into the youngest participant ever to take action.

“That’s fairly cool, I didn’t know that,” Russell mentioned after making the reduce on the LECOM Suncoast Basic.

“That’s a cool [record] to have.”

Russell shot a 3-under 68 within the opening spherical and carded a 5-under 66 throughout Friday’s second spherical—a spherical that featured a pair of eagles on the opening 9.

“I’m type of speechless. The objective was to make the reduce, and we made it, so we’ll see the place the weekend goes,” Russell added.

“It’s a cool document to interrupt. Persons are getting so good, so younger. It may maintain out for per week. You by no means know, nevertheless it’s fairly cool proper now.”

Just one different participant below the age of 16 has ever made the reduce in a PGA Tour-sanctioned occasion. On the 2013 Masters Event, Guan Tian Liang of China—at 14 years outdated—made it to the weekend. He additionally made the reduce on the 2013 Zurich Basic of New Orleans.

Nonetheless, Russell surpassed the Korn Ferry Tour document set by Gipper Finau—Tony Finau’s brother—on the 2006 Utah Championship. On the time, Finau was 16 years outdated.

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Miles Russell.
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Now, Russell—the primary ranked participant inside the American Junior Golf Affiliation (AJGA)—has had an incredible alternative to see how his sport compares to that of execs.

“I knew it was going to be an excellent take a look at to see the place I’m towards among the finest,” Russell mentioned.

“It’s positively one thing I’ll keep in mind, even when occasions get laborious. I’ll keep in mind it when that occurs and glide.”

Thus far, Russell has handed the take a look at with flying colours. Regardless of his younger age, he seems the a part of a future star.

His calm demeanor is simply one more reason why Russell has had a lot success in Florida this week.

“Sort of hold attempting to do what I’ve been doing,” Russell mentioned Friday.

“I don’t know what the climate seems like within the subsequent few days, however I feel it’s just about the identical. I imply, have a day like at present, perhaps make a number of fewer errors, and see the way it goes.”

With Russell making the reduce, he has his sights set on one other objective: ending within the prime 25. That might result in one other alternative on the Korn Ferry Tour subsequent week on the Veritex Financial institution Championship in Texas, however Russell isn’t getting forward of himself an excessive amount of—similar to a seasoned professional.

Nonetheless, additional alternatives will certainly current themselves to this budding younger star.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. Make sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.

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