PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passes away suddenly aged 30

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Grayson Murray, who won his second PGA TOUR title at this year’s Sony Open in Hawaii, passed away 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,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “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.”

Grief counselors will be available at the venues for this week’s PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour events. Commissioner Jay Monahan is en route to the Charles Schwab Challenge, as well, and said more information will be shared when it is available.

Murray, 30, was a standout golfer since making his first cut on the Korn Ferry Tour at the age of 16. He won his first PGA TOUR title in his rookie season of 2017 and won again this year after regaining his card via the Korn Ferry Tour.

Murray won three consecutive Callaway Junior World Championships (2006-08) and was the was the top ranked golfer in his age group. After stints at Wake Forest University, East Carolina University and Arizona State University, he got the break he needed when he was given a sponsor’s exemption into the Korn Ferry Tour event near his hometown of Raleigh. He finished inside the top ten at the 2016 Rex Hospital Open which qualified him for the next event, and, when, he posted another top ten at the BMW Charity Open, his professional career took off. He concluded his season with a victory at the Nationwide Children’s to finish second on the Korn Ferry Tour money list and earn full status on the PGA TOUR in 2017.

Murray wasted little time establishing himself on golf’s biggest stage as a rookie. He won the 2017 Barbasol Championship at the age of 24. His final-round 68 not only secured a one-shot victory, but also solidified a two-year exemption through the 2019 PGA TOUR season. He finished 66th in the FedExCup and earned nearly $1.5 million.

Grayson struggled for the next few seasons on the PGA TOUR. In 2023, he found his game again on the Korn Ferry Tour; he notched two victories – the Advent Health Championship in Kansas City and the Simmons Bank Open outside of Nashville – to finish fourth on that tour’s points list and earn a spot back onto the PGA TOUR for the following season.

Murray opened the 2024 season with a playoff victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He made a clutch up and down on the 72nd hole for a birdie to force sudden death. Then he sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Byeong Hun An and Keegan Bradley. He reached a career-high 46th in the Official World Golf Ranking after that victory

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