Fresh from his Sr. year as a Duke Blue Devil, Quinn Riley will begin his PGA Tour journey this week at the John Deere Classic. It was Callaway’s Tour Performance Manager Jacob Davidson who first mentioned Quinn and since then I have been tracking his progress.
Quinn has the entire package, he BOMBS it (Mid 180’s Ball Speed) with an extra gear, and according to Callaway Korn Ferry Tour Manager Mike Soroka, he’s one of the best putters he’s ever seen.
The best way to get to know someone is to talk to them directly, so thats what I did:)
- Born Warrington Quinn Riley on January 28, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minn.
- Son of Denise and Ewan Riley.
- Younger brother Morgan (Look out for this name, he’s also a player)
- Hometown Raleigh, NC by way of Jamaica
- Home Course Lonnie Poole CC
- Coach Chase Duncan (Akshay Bhatia)
Here’s a quick Q&A I had a chance to do with Quinn:
JW: Who introduced you to the game?
My uncle was the main person, my Mom would drop me off with him when she needed a babysitter. He would take me to a municipal golf course in the neighborhood and I just fell in love with it.
JW: What about the game attracted you?
It was accomplishing something hard, like a trick shot or something with some pressure around it. Golf is HARD and when you can do something well it gives you a sense of accomplishment that’s hard to describe. I also like being a showmen in a strange way, getting around great players and putting my skills to the test.
JW: How did the relationship with Callaway begin?
QR: The summer of my Junior year, Jacob Davison (PGA Tour Performance Manager) approached me on the range at the Haas Inv. I was already a big fan of the product, but the attention to detail from Jacob and the rest of the team to this point has been phenomenal. As a young player, it’s nice to know that I have a team around me that looks at my performance from all angles. It’s a huge confidence boost.
JW: What do you want your career to look like in 5 years?
QR: Top 100 in the world, Top of the podium at the Olympics representing Jamaica, two or three wins, contending in Majors, and married.
JW: Whats the goal for the fall?
QR: After this week (if I don’t top 10 or win), I’ll continue to try and get exemptions into more events which is tough with so many players coming out of college this summer. Beyond that, it’s trying to put myself in as many competitive situations as I have and prepare for Q-school. The most important thing this week is to stick to my plan around this golf course and show well. A solid start in this atmosphere could be a huge momentum boost for me.
JW: What’s on Netflix?
QR: “The 100” but I really don’t watch a lot of TV.
JW: Favorite Social Media Accounts to follow?
QR: I love art accounts (digital) of any kind, I got into NFTs recently and enjoy learning more about them. Also, anything about Car Restoration and Pop Culture.
JW: Favorite Artist of all Time?
QR: XXX and Kid Cudi
In my eyes, Quinn is a player with a HUGE upside once he gets used to life as a professional. What he has in spades are confidence and forward momentum. The last few months of his Sr. year at Duke were testament to that. A few Top 10s and a win to finish the year have him going into his professional career in a dead sprint. He reminds me a bit of Xander Schauffele that way. He’s one of those guys you don’t see coming, but you can’t take your eyes off of him when he arrives. He’s special, and I’m glad he’s on our team.
Welcome to #teamcallaway Quinn Riley, we are so honored to take this journey with you.