Ruffels to make Aussie pro debut at Vic Open

He’s already been a professional for almost two years.

Now young Victorian Ryan Ruffels is finally getting the opportunity to show his talents on the home front when he tees it up in tomorrow’s 2018 Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach near Barwon Heads.

The US has already seen how good this young man can play with several stunning rounds in some of their major PGA Tour events.

Now the son of former Australian Davis Cup player Ray Ruffels is champing at the bit to show us how his golf game has developed in a fairly short space of time.

“It’s [all] gone pretty quickly,” said Ruffels. “When I turned pro, I felt super ready and everything was in order.”

“I was anxious and nervous…but that’s just normal.”

Ryan Ruffels Ryan Ruffels (Credit: Nike Golf)

“Part of the reason I wanted to turn pro a little earlier was because if I had to learn these lessons when I was 23 or 24, then I’m a little behind the eight-ball.”

“But if they happen a little earlier, then I’m ready to go at 19 or 20 and that’s okay. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot.”

Ruffels has been sharing his time between starts on the PGA Tour and also the PGA Tour Latinoamerica over the past couple of years.

And already he returns with fond memories of 13th Beach where he shared Low Amateur honours in 2015 with another young Victorian Ben Eccles. Indeed the pair finished in a tie for third, just two strokes out of a playoff.

“It’s a course and a tournament that I’ve played well at, I remember as an amateur in 2015 I had a good event that week and got myself in contention,” said Ruffels.

“I love both of the 13th Beach courses.”

“I had a bunch of time off and was going to come home anyway and I was on the Inside The Ropes podcast and Clayts [Mike Clayton] asked ‘are you going to come back for the Vic Open?’.”

“Golf Victoria was great in being able to get me into the tournament, so it worked out perfectly.”

“It would be amazing to win back home, it would be my first professional win which would be an honour to have in Australia.”