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Grayson Murray, a PGA TOUR player, died this morning

Grayson Murray, who claimed his second PGA TOUR title at this year’s Sony Open in Hawaii, passed away on Saturday.

“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. “The PGA TOUR is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.”

“I reached out to Grayson’s parents to offer our deepest condolences, and during that conversation, they asked that we continue with tournament play,” Commissioner Monahan continued. “They were adamant that Grayson would want us to do so. As difficult as it will be, we want to respect their wishes.”

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Grief counselors will be available at this week’s PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour events. Commissioner Monahan is also heading to the Charles Schwab Challenge and mentioned that more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Murray, 30, was a standout golfer from a young age. He won three consecutive Callaway Junior World Championships (2006-08) and was the top-ranked golfer in his age group. He made his first cut on the Korn Ferry Tour at age 16, becoming the second-youngest player ever to do so. After attending Wake Forest University, East Carolina University, and Arizona State University, he received a sponsor’s exemption into the Korn Ferry Tour event near his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2016. He finished inside the top 10 at the Rex Hospital Open, qualifying him for another start. Another top 10 finish at the BMW Charity Pro-Am propelled his professional career. He concluded his season with a victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, finishing second on the Korn Ferry Tour money list and earning full status on the PGA TOUR for the 2016-17 season. The win came just a week before his 23rd birthday.

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Murray quickly established himself on golf’s biggest stage as a rookie, winning the 2017 Barbasol Championship at 23 years old. His final-round 68 secured a one-shot victory and a two-year exemption through the 2019 PGA TOUR season. He finished 66th in the FedExCup standings and earned nearly $1.5 million.

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Murray faced struggles over the next few seasons on the PGA TOUR. However, in 2023, he rediscovered his form on the Korn Ferry Tour, securing victories at the Advent Health Championship in Kansas City and the Simmons Bank Open outside of Nashville. These wins helped him finish fourth on the tour’s points list and earned him a spot back on the PGA TOUR for the following season.

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