Grayson Murray: PGA Tour golfer who died aged 30 took his own life, parents say | World News

PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray ended his life, according to his parents, as they encouraged everyone to be “kind to one another”. The 30-year-old American withdrew from a tournament in Texas with two holes left in his second round on Friday, citing an illness, just one day before his death.

In their statement, Eric and Terry Murray shared that “life wasn’t always easy” for their son and though he took his own life, they believe he rests in peace now. The couple described losing him as a “nightmare” and admitted they have “many questions that have no answers … except one.”

“Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes,” they confirmed. “By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, his friends, his fellow players and – it seems – by many of you who are reading this. He was loved and he will be dearly missed.”

They expressed their gratitude to the PGA Tour and “the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support”. They concluded their statement by saying: “Please honor Grayson by being kind to one another. If that becomes his legacy, we could ask for nothing else.”

Murray – a two-time winner on the PGA Tour – withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday.

His passing on Saturday was confirmed by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who stated that Murray’s parents requested for the event to continue.

‘I wanted to give up on life at times’

Murray discussed his struggles with anxiety and depression in January, revealing that he had sought treatment for alcohol abuse over the past few years but had remained sober for several months. Following his tour win at the start of this year in Hawaii, he articulated how much the victory meant to him after his struggles, stating: “It’s not easy… I wanted to give up numerous times on myself, on the game of golf, and on life itself, but you just persevere. When you get tired of fighting, let someone else fight for you and that’s what happened.”

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Grayson Murray after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. Pic: Reuters

Golfers pay homage to Murray

World number one Scottie Scheffler led the tributes to him. The American golfer stated: “Obviously, the news hasn’t really sunk in quite yet, but I’m sending my thoughts to his family and praying hard for all of them. I can’t imagine how tough this must be. I got to know Grayson somewhat better over the past six months. There are no words to describe how sad and tragic it is, but I’m thinking about his family.”

Murray’s long-time caddie Jay Green praised him as “the absolute best”. “Not only was he an incredible, thoughtful, and generous boss, he was an even better friend,” he said in a statement. “He truly would do anything for anyone. He has the best family and my heart goes out to them. We will all miss him deeply.”

Grayson Murray at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky on 15 May. Pic: Reuters

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Murray at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky on 15 May. Pic: Reuters

English golfer Luke Donald wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Truly heart-wrenching news that Grayson Murray has passed away. A few months ago, he asked me for some advice on how to play Augusta, and last week I saw him at the PGA Championship. Life truly is precious. My condolences and prayers to his entire family – may they find some peace.”

Fellow golf star Justin Rose wrote: “I had the opportunity to share a few rounds of golf alongside Grayson in recent weeks at Hilton Head, Quail Hollow, and Valhalla. I will always remember that and use it as a reminder that you never know what struggles people have going on in their lives and how they may be internalizing things. RIP Grayson, and love and strength to your family and friends.”

Grayson Murray playing at a PGA event at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky on 16 May. Pic: AP

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Murray playing at a PGA event at Valhalla Golf Club on 16 May. Pic: AP

PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan mentioned: “Over the past several years, I spent a lot of time with him because I wanted to understand what we could do, in his view, to support everyone else out here. I’m deeply saddened by Grayson’s passing. The discussions I had with him, especially over the last year, taught me a great deal. He was very open and candid with me.”

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Murray claimed victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January after sinking a 40ft birdie putt to defeat Byeong Hun An and Keegan Bradley in a playoff. It was his first tour win since securing his initial PGA Tour title during his 2017 rookie season, when he won the Barbasol Championship in Alabama at the age of 24.

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