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PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray has died at the age of 30

PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray has died at the age of 30



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PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray has died, one day after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, according to PGA Tour officials.

No cause of death was listed. He was 30 years old.

“We are devastated to learn — and saddened to share — that PGA TOUR player Grayson Murray has passed away this morning. I am at a loss,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. In a statement on Saturday.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Murray withdrew from the tournament with two holes left to play in Friday’s second round due to illness.

Earlier this year, Murray won the Sony Open in a playoff against former PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley and South Korean Ahn Byung-hun, ending a six-and-a-half-year drought during which he acknowledged his struggles with… Mental health and physical issues.

CNN has reached out to tournament organizers for more information.

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Murray plays his shot from the 17th tee during the final round of the Sony Hawaii Open at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2024 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Murray is considered one of the best junior players in the world, having captured three IMG Junior World Championship titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. According to the PGA Tour, at 16 years old, he became the second-youngest player to reach the Korn Ferry Tour, and at 19 years old, he played in the 2013 US Open. He went on to win the 2017 Barbasol Championship when he was just 23 years old.

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“Grayson was the best ever. Not only was he a wonderful, thoughtful and generous boss, he was an even better friend,” his caddy, Jay Green, said in a statement. Golf Channel Brentley Romine. “He truly would do anything for anyone. He has the best family, and my heart goes out to them. We will all miss him terribly.”

“We are saddened and saddened to learn of Grayson Murray’s sudden passing,” Murray’s agent, Kevin Canning, said in a statement to CNN. “Grayson was a long-time member of the GSE family and we were all devastated to hear the news this morning.”

In X’s post, former Masters winner Bubba Watson said he was “very sad” to learn of Grayson’s death.

“I was just hugging you at the Masters and telling you how proud I was of you,” he recalled. “Grateful to know you. Sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss him.”

Murray has been vocal about some of the struggles of his golf career, including alcohol. He spent time in rehab, according to him Interview with PGAHe also suffers from anxiety.

“The news isn’t quite clear yet,” world number one Scottie Schaeffler said after his third round at the Charles Schwab Challenge on Saturday.

“I’m thinking of his family and I’m praying hard for all of them,” he told reporters. “I can’t imagine how difficult this time has been. I’ve gotten to know Grayson a little better over the last six months or so, and yes, really, there’s no way to put into words how sad and tragic this is, but I’m thinking of his family.”

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Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open winner, praised Murray on Saturday, saying the two have a “long history” together.

“I think I first met Grayson at my home club when Grayson was probably 8, maybe 9. He was the first winner of the Webb Simpson Challenge Junior tournament that I had in 14 years,” Simpson told reporters.

“So, when you hear news like that on the phone, you don’t think it’s real at first, and you know, you hear the emotion coming from our swing coach and then you realize it’s real.

“But I know his mom was with him during the Wells Fargo tournament and I think they were hanging out together, and I loved those two days that we got together. So I’m very grateful to have some quality time with him before today’s bad news.”

This story has been updated with additional information.