PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray dies aged 30 | US News

The golfing community is mourning the untimely loss of professional golfer Grayson Murray, who has passed away at the young age of 30, as confirmed by the PGA Tour.

Murray, a remarkable talent in the sport, having claimed two victories on tour and previously sitting at the world ranking of 58, had to step back from a tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, this Friday mentioning health concerns.

Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, expressed his deep sorrow stating, “we were devastated to learn and are heartbroken to share” the news of Murray’s passing on the following Saturday.

“Finding the right words feels impossible at this time,” he conveyed.

“The PGA Tour is like an extended family, and losing a family member changes you forever. We grieve for Grayson and we send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends for their loss.”

During a difficult phone call with Murray’s family, Monahan extended his sympathies and was informed of the family’s desire to see the tournament proceed.

“They were certain that’s what Grayson would’ve wanted,” he remarked. “Though it’s tough, we aim to honor their request.”

Murray was not one to hide his personal struggles, having been vocal about his fight with anxiety and depression. He revealed earlier in January his journey through alcohol rehabilitation and shared his progress towards several months of sobriety.

He secured a victory at the Sony Open in Honolulu this January, a win that marked an end to his six-year spell without a tournament title.

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Grayson Murray celebrating his recent Sony Open triumph in January. Pic: AP

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The English golfing star, Luke Donald offered his condolences, taking to social media with a poignant message.

Donald shared: “The heartbreaking reality that we’ve lost Grayson Murray is sinking in.

“He reached out a few months back seeking advice on tackling Augusta, and just last week we crossed paths at the PGA Championship. It’s a stark reminder of how precious life is. I extend my deepest sympathies and pray that his family may find some comfort during this painful time.”

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Murray notched his first PGA Tour win at the Barbasol Championship in 2017.

He was thrice a champion at the Callaway Junior Championships and made his inaugural appearance at the US Open in 2013 as an amateur competitor.

His highest achievement in a major came with a tie for 22nd place at the 2017 PGA Championship.

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