Ryan Ruffels (born 29 April 1998) is an Australian professional golfer.

Ryan Ruffels
Personal information
Born (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 26)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight178 lb (81 kg; 12.7 st)
Sporting nationality Australia
Turned professional2016
Current tour(s)Korn Ferry Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour Latinoamérica
PGA Tour Canada

Early life and amateur career


Ruffels was born in Florida to tennis professionals Ray Ruffels and Anna-Maria Fernandez, but moved at a young age to southern California.[1] His schooling was bilingual, and he is now fluent in both Spanish and English. He was an avid athlete, participating in many sports such as tennis, soccer, and golf.

His two years younger sister Gabriela also became a successful tennis player and, from 2015, golfer. winning the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur.

Ruffels moved to Australia after his father was offered a major job in Australian tennis.[1] After moving to Australia, Ruffels focused on golf. In 2013, he was on the winning Australian team in the Ten Nations Cup. Later that year he made the cut at the Australian Open and finished in a tie for 24th. In 2014, he became the youngest winner of the Riversdale Cup, winning the event at 15 years of age; he followed a month later with a win in the Australian Boys' Amateur.[2] He also won the 2014 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship. He was ranked 13th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking when he turned professional in January 2016.[3]

Professional career


In January 2016, at the age of 17, Ruffels turned professional, making his debut at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour.[4] He received the maximum seven sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour, but failed to finish higher than 20th in any of his starts.[5] In September, he received an invitation to the Copa Diners Club International on PGA Tour Latinoamérica and finished in a tie for second. He went on to play five more Latinoamérica events and had three more top-ten finishes, causing him to finish 22nd on the Order of Merit.[6] In 2017 he split his time between PGA Tour Latinoamérica and sponsor exemptions to PGA Tour events.

Amateur wins



Team appearances




  1. ^ a b Huggan, John (8 June 2015). "Ryan Ruffels stays calm as education continues". The Scotsman.
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Ruffels". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ "The World Amateur Golf Ranking Homepage". Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Hayes, Mark (15 January 2016). "Ryan Ruffels goes pro". Golf Australia.
  5. ^ Casey, Kevin (15 March 2017). "Ryan Ruffels' legend remains strong despite trying first year as pro". Golfweek.
  6. ^ "Ryan Ruffels profile". PGA Tour.