The professional golfer died by suicide after withdrawing from a tournament

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Professional golfer Grayson Murray has died.
Murray’s death comes after he withdrew Friday during the second round of the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge, citing an illness.
A day after Murray’s death rocked the larger sporting world, his parents announced in a statement through the PGA Tour that he died by suicide.
The PGA Tour considered postponing play at the Charles Schwab Challenge as the golf world was rocked by Murray’s death.
“We were devastated to learn — and are heartbroken to share — that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning.
I am at a loss for words,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a Saturday statement.
“The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same.
In 141 career PGA Tour starts, Murray had 10 top-10 finishes, including those two victories.

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Grayson Murray, a pro golfer, passed away. His age was thirty. Murray passed away on Friday after withdrawing due to illness during the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge’s second round.

Murray’s parents revealed through a statement issued by the PGA Tour that their son had committed suicide the day after his passing shocked the wider sports community.

“Thank you for the overwhelming support, Eric and Terry Murray said, as well as the PGA Tour and the golf community at large.”. Although Grayson took his own life, we know he is now resting peacefully. Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson. “.”.

Until going pro in 2015, Murray—an indisputable talent—was the second-youngest golfer in history to make the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour. During the course of his career, he alternated between the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, and because of his frequent outbursts on the golf course, he became somewhat divisive.

He did, however, continually show promise as he won three times on the Korn Ferry Tour and twice on the PGA Tour (the 2017 Barbasol Championship and the 2024 Sony Open in Hawaii).

Murray battled anxiety, depression, and alcohol abuse throughout his young career; it appeared that he had turned the corner when he won the Sony Open. He declared in January of 2023 that he had been clean since the beginning of 2023. He also disclosed that when he first started traveling after graduating from college, he was unprepared for life as a professional.

“After winning the Sony Open, I would definitely drink during tournament weeks,” Murray admitted. It served as my release. When I first came here as a 22-year-old, I thought I was unbeatable. I won as a rookie and played three days after being drunk. Winning my rookie year gave me the greatest and worst feelings I’ve ever had, as I felt unstoppable. “.

Murray talked about his journey to recovery and how his fiancee and faith helped keep him grounded.

He said, “It took me a long time to get to this point.”. I’ve changed into a different man. If I hadn’t put that drink down eight months ago, I wouldn’t be in this situation now. “.

“People who don’t know me, I’ll have to show it through my actions, and they’ll come back around to Grayson’s side,” Murray continued. I have such a better attitude now. Right now, it’s a ton of fun. It’s not like a golf shot really makes or breaks me anymore. It will be much better, but I won’t sit here and promise it will all be sunshine and roses. “.

The news of Murray’s passing shocked the golf world, and the PGA Tour thought about canceling the Charles Schwab Challenge. Though they believed their son would have preferred it, his parents insisted the tournament go on as planned.

“PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. We are sad to share this news and were shocked to learn of it. Commissioner of the PGA Tour Jay Monahan released a statement on Saturday saying, “I am at a loss for words.”. You are never the same after losing a family member, and that is how the PGA Tour operates. We pray for the loved ones of Grayson and grieve his loss.

“When I extended our sincere condolences to Grayson’s parents, they requested that we carry on with the tournament. Grayson would want us to do that, they insisted. We want to honor their wishes, no matter how challenging it may be. “.

North Carolina native Murray played golf at Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Arizona State before turning pro. With those two wins among his 10 top-10 finishes in 141 career PGA Tour starts, Murray had an impressive record.

In addition to providing its members with virtual grief counselors, the PGA Tour dispatched bereavement counselors to both tournament locations this week.

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