9 Things You Didn't Know About Davis Riley

Get to know American, Davis Riley, a little bit better

Davis Riley hits a shot with a wood
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Davis Riley

Davis Riley has enjoyed a relatively quick rise up the professional ranks after turning pro in 2019. Earning his PGA Tour card in 2022, the American has already been in a playoff, which he unfortunately lost. However, that hasn't stopped Riley from putting in a number of strong performances throughout his debut season.

In this piece, we get to know him a little bit better with these nine facts.

9 Things You Didn't Know About Davis Riley

1. Davis Riley was born on 17th December 1996, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

2. Back in October 2013, at the age of just 17, Riley shot a 13-under-par round of 58, his lowest round to date.

3. He enjoyed a successful amateur career and represented the USA at the 2015 Junior Ryder Cup and 2018 Palmer Cup.

Sam Burns and Davis Riley shake hands

Riley's best result on the PGA Tour came at the 2022 Valspar Championship, where he lost to Sam Burns in a playoff

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4. He attended the University of Alabama, where he claimed a number of accolades. During the 2017/18 season, he finished as the top collegiate golfer in the nation.

5. At the 2016 US Amateur Championship, Riley matched the course record of 64 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

6. His hobbies include hunting and American football.

7. Turning professional in 2019, Riley enjoyed a number of good finishes on the Korn Ferry Tour, before earning his PGA Tour card after finishing ninth on the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour Points List.

8. Riley has been dating his fiancée, Alexandra Patton since 2017, with the couple set to marry in December 2022.

9. During his debut season on the PGA Tour in 2022, Riley's best performance came at the Valspar Championship. The American held a two-stroke lead entering the final round, but would lose to Sam Burns in a playoff.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x