Miles Russell, 15, Steals Golf Fans’ Hearts With Humble Gesture After Historic Feat: ‘Respect’

Published 04/20/2024, 8:00 AM EDT

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The headlines have been brimming with the name of Miles Russell after he surpassed Tiger Woods to become the youngest golfer to win the American Junior Golf Association Boys Player of the Year in 2023. This year, he marked his debut in the LECOM Suncoast Classic of the Korn Ferry Tour. His opening was enough to speak for his dominating performance on the course, as on the back nine, he was able to card a score of 31, wrapping up the first round and tying for the 45th position with a score of 3-under 68.

He quickly made a spot for himself in the second round by scoring two eagles on the front nine on par-4 fourth and par-5 ninth. He carded birdies on the 10th and 11th hole, finishing off with five pars and ending three strokes inside the cut line. And well, without even knowing, another history was created by the young gun!

Miles Russell joins the likes of Guan Tian Liang


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Miles Russell finished off the second round of the LECOM Suncoast Classic with a score of 5-under 66 at the Lakewood National Golf Club’s Commander Course, becoming the youngest player to make the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour. Not only that after Guan Tian Liang, Russell became the second player under the age of 16 to make a cut on a PGA Tour or Korn Ferry Tour event.

In appreciation of his outstanding performance, the official X (formerly Twitter) account of Korn Ferry Tour shared snippets from a press release right after his record-breaking second round. It turns out, Russell was only focused on achieving his target and was completely unaware that he had added another feather to his hat!


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“That’s pretty cool. I didn’t know that. So that’s a cool one to have,” exclaimed the No. 1 AJGA golfer, absolutely speechless. Russell has finally made it to the weekend, as he wished to, tying for the 26th position with a total of 8 under 134.

He even beat the Korn Ferry Tour mark that was set by Gipper Finau at the 2006 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. The entire golf community was left in awe of Miles Russell’s performance.

The golf world congratulates the 15-year-old prodigy


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The golf world flooded the post with comments of appreciation and good luck for the next round! However, it was not just his performance that grabbed the attention of the people. What also stood out was the very calm and composed way in which he answered every question at the presser.

Taking to this, one of them, who was left dazzled with his level of maturity, commented, “Speaks like a 30-year-old at 15. Dude already a pro, good for him!” He also remained completely humble throughout the presser. Russell stated that he is extremely certain that his record could easily be broken, given the top-notch performances of so many players. Taking to this, one of them commented out of respect, “Incredibly humble. Respect to Miles!”

When asked about his goal, he stated that currently, he is only aiming to keep it going with a top-25 finish and enter the greens the next weekend! Hoping that he achieves this accolade as well, one of them commented, “Miles is a great kid. Hell of a golfer, but an even better kid. And I bet he makes that Top 25 and gets into next week.”


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The other few congratulated him on the newly earned record, and left comments like, “So excited for you Miles! Congratulations on making History!” and simply, “Well done Miles!”

Do you think, with such a pace, Miles Russell will be able to climb up the leaderboard and make it among the Top 25? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!



Written by:

Aheli Chakraborty


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Aheli Chakraborty is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature, Aheli has actively covered many big events in the sport, including The Masters. She specializes in covering up-and-coming athletes like Charlie Woods and Ludvig Aberg, and she is always looking to answer her readers' most-asked questions through her writing! Aheli is also a bodybuilding fanatic and has contributed many niche pieces for ES' fitness coverage.
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Tushhita Barua