Ryan Ruffels is close to cashing in for the first time as a pro.
The 22-year-old Australian arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, sitting No. 54 in Korn Ferry Tour points as a rookie. Now, he’ll enter Sunday’s final round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship leading by two shots over fellow KFT newcomer Stephen Franken.
While four of the seven KFT winners since the tour’s return posted winning scores of 20 under or better, this week’s event has been anything but a birdie-fest so far. Ruffels took advantage of the limited opportunities on Saturday, firing a bogey-free, 6-under 65 on a tough Indian Creek layout to move to 12 under.