At 15, he made the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour

"It's cool to have this record. It's pretty neat, but I think it'll be broken someday"

by Andrea Gussoni
At 15, he made the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour
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At 15 years, 5 months, and 18 days old, American golfer Miles Russell has made history by becoming the youngest player ever to make the cut in a Korn Ferry Tour tournament, the PGA Tour's second division. As an amateur, Russell not only made the cut at the LECOM Suncoast Classic but also positioned himself impressively, currently standing at 26th place after scoring 68 and 66 in the first two rounds.

His Friday scorecard notably features two eagles.

Miles Russell, results

A left-hander, Miles Russell currently leads the Rolex AJGA Rankings, which ranks junior players in the United States. Last year, he became the youngest player ever to top this ranking, surpassing even Tiger Woods in this regard.

Russell's achievements include a seven-shot victory at the PGA Championship juniors. Hailing from Jacksonville Beach, this young talent now joins the ranks of precocious golfers alongside Chinese player Tianliang Guan, who made the cut at 14 years old in the 2013 Masters before somewhat fading from the spotlight.

"It's cool to have this record," remarked the Floridian. "It's pretty neat, but I think it'll be broken someday." Entering the tournament field thanks to a sponsor's invitation, Miles Russell brings a compelling storyline to an event that faces competition this week from two PGA Tour tournaments, the RBC Heritage and the Corales Puntacana Championship.

Currently, the LECOM Suncoast Classic is led by American Brandon Crick, who holds a one-shot lead over Morgan Hoffmann and his remarkable comeback story. The rules of golf constitute a set of standard norms and procedures governing the game of golf.

These rules are jointly developed and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf worldwide (excluding the United States and Mexico, which fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association).

A commission of experts, composed of members from both the R&A and the USGA, oversees and revises the rules every four years. The latest revision came into effect on January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally aim to enhance understanding and, in some cases, reduce penalties to ensure greater balance in the game.