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Californian-turned-Aussie Ryan Ruffels, 17, making pro debut at Torrey Pines

Californian-turned-Aussie Ryan Ruffels, 17, making pro debut at Torrey Pines

Ryan Ruffels is a conflicted Californian.

The 17-year-old, who will make his PGA Tour debut Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, was born in Orlando, Fla., raised most of his first 11 years in Laguna Niguel, and then the family moved to Melbourne in his father's native Australia.

Ray Ruffels was a Davis Cup tennis player and won a Grand Slam doubles title in the 1970 Australian Open. His wife, Anna-Maria Fernandez-Ruffels, is an American who captured five WTA doubles titles during her career in the '80s.

Tennis teaching opportunities took them to Orange County, and their son was a quintessential SoCal sports kid, hustling between tennis matches and...

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