Ruffels well on his way to Korn Ferry Tour promotion

Young Aussie Ryan Ruffels will be missing from the major Australian events this summer.

And those who have followed his progress during a testing year on the LatinoAmerica Tour will certainly understand why.

Ryan Ruffels Ryan Ruffels (Credit: Nike)

Ruffels is on track to secure a finish inside the top 10 on that tour, thereby ensuring he will be heading for the Korn Ferry Tour’s final stage of qualifying school in the middle of next month – about the time many of his compatriots will be heading Down Under to chase the Australian Open.

The 21-year-old explained that everyone who reached that stage was guaranteed some sort of status on the Korn Ferry, the US PGA’s secondary Tour for 2020.

“I’m really disappointed I won’t get to play in the Aussie summer again this year,” Ruffels told Golf Australia.

“But I think everyone understands that I have to do these [qualifying] events.”

“Hopefully, if things work out well, I won’t have to worry about this again from now on and I’ll be able to come home and play a full Aussie summer next year.”

Despite some impressive efforts on the LatinoAmerica circuit, Ruffels has been unable to get that breakthrough win.

“I’ve been close a few times this year so it would be nice to get over the line,” said Ruffels.

“I feel like I’m playing much more consistently now, and I’ve been 12th and 13th lately without having my best stuff…so that’s important, too.”

As this edition of Golf Grinder went out, Ruffels was 10th on that tour’s Order of Merit.

And while Argentinian Augusto Nunez holds a good lead, there is less than $15,000 between the second to 10th-ranked players.

Ruffels, the son of former Australian Davis Cup tennis player Ray Ruffels, knows it could only take one more good week to surge into the top five which would ensure him full status on the Korn Ferry Tour next year…but time is running out.