15-year-old rides ‘roller coaster’ to PGA Tour debut with Rocket Mortgage

Miles Russell, the 15-year-old No. 1 ranked junior, will make his PGA Tour debut this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

“That was always the goal, to play at the highest level,” he said Wednesday at Detroit Golf Club. “It just happened a little quicker than I thought. But it’s just what happens when you play well.”

Russell is on a rapid rise. Earlier this year, a day after turning 15, Russell broke Tiger Woods’ mark as the youngest person to be named the American Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year. In April, the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident became the youngest golfer to make a Korn Ferry Tour cut. He eventually finished T20 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Sarasota, which led to a sponsorship exemption from the Rocket Mortgage.

“It was just amazing,” Russell said Wednesday at his pre-tournament news conference at Detroit Golf Club, when asked to describe his last few months.

“I don’t know how to describe it other than just kind of a rollercoaster and it was just a rollercoaster of just plain fun.”

In 2023, Russell became the youngest winner of the Junior PGA Championship and the Junior Players Championship. However, the Phenom said his proximity to the PGA Tour became apparent in Sarasota.

“I think when I played well there at the Korn Ferry in Sarasota, it was definitely kind of a confidence booster. It was actually a dream come true to get this opportunity to be in something like this.”

Russell, who already has NO deals with Nike and TaylorMade, says he trusts his team to quiet the loud noises around him.

“It’s been busy. I am lucky that I have a good team around me that keeps things relatively calm in my small circle. It’s just been busy.”

Competing in his first official PGA Tour event, Russell will focus on easing the drama – in his mind and on the course – while enjoying the experience.

“I’ve seen it all,” he said of Detroit’s standings on Wednesday. “I like it. It’s tight, you have to play well. It’s difficult in some places, but also quite easy. Lots of good wedges and be very disciplined.”

Russell is grouped with Pierceson Coody and Rico Hoey for Rounds 1 and 2. They tee off on the 10th hole at 2:11 PM ET on Thursday and the 1st hole at 8:46 AM ET on Friday.

“I have my own goals, but my goal is just to come out here and have fun. That’s my main goal: have fun, maybe learn something, take something with me to my next event.”