Grayson Murray of the United States hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on May 23, 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

The world of professional golf was shaken to its core on Sunday when the parents of Grayson Murray, a two-time PGA Tour winner, announced the tragic news of his death by suicide.

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The 30-year-old golfer passed away on Saturday morning, leaving his family, friends, and fans devastated.

“We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone,” Eric and Terry Murray said in a heartfelt statement.

“It’s surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It’s a nightmare. Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now.”

A Promising Career Cut Short

Murray, who had withdrawn from the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial after the 16th hole of Friday’s second round in Fort Worth, Texas, was cited as ill by the PGA Tour.

His unexpected death has left a void in the golfing community. 

Grayson’s parents poignantly expressed their grief, saying, “We have so many questions that have no answers. But one. Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes. By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and — it seems — by many of you who are reading this. He was loved and he will be missed.”

Triumphs & Struggles

Grayson Murray’s career was marked by significant highs and deeply personal lows.

He openly discussed his battles with alcohol and mental health, revealing that he used to drink during tournament weeks as a rookie.

Despite these challenges, he made a remarkable turnaround, highlighted by his victory at the Sony Open in January.

“It took me a long time to get to this point,” Murray reflected. “That was seven years ago, over seven years ago. I’m a different man now. I would not be in this position right now today if I didn’t put that drink down eight months ago.”

In addition to his Sony Open triumph, Grayson won the Barbasol Championship as a 22-year-old PGA Tour rookie in 2017.

His most recent achievements included a tie for 43rd at the PGA Championship and making the cut in his Masters debut, finishing 51st.

He was also set to compete in next month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

A Legacy of Talent & Determination

Grayson Murray’s journey in golf began in North Carolina, where he was recognized as one of the most talented juniors in the country.

He won the prestigious Junior World Championship in San Diego for three consecutive years and earned the Arnold Palmer Scholarship at Wake Forest.

His collegiate career saw him attending three different schools, ultimately finishing at Arizona State.

In January, Grayson shared his optimism about the future, noting that he had been sober for eight months, was engaged to be married, and felt his best golf was ahead of him.

He was also appointed to the PGA Tour’s 16-member Player Advisory Council, reflecting his peers’ respect for him.

An Outpouring Of Support

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan flew to Texas on Saturday to support those affected by Grayson Murray’s death.

“To be in the locker room, to see the devastation on the faces of every player that’s coming in, it’s really difficult to see. And really just profound,” Monahan said during the CBS broadcast on Saturday.

“Grayson was a remarkable player on the PGA Tour, but he was a very courageous man, as well. And I’ve always loved that about him, and I know that the locker room is filled with people that really will take that away when they think about Grayson.”

Grayson’s parents expressed their gratitude for the support they have received. “We would like to thank the PGA Tour and the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support. Please respect our privacy as we work through this incredible tragedy, and please honor Grayson by being kind to one another. If that becomes his legacy, we could ask for nothing else.”

As the golfing community mourns the loss of Grayson Murray, his legacy as a talented golfer and a courageous individual will undoubtedly be remembered.

The heartfelt tributes from his family, friends, and fellow players underscore the profound impact he had on those around him.

May he rest in peace. 🕊️

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