Grayson Murray's parents release statement confirming PGA Tour star, 30, took his own life

Tributes have come in for Grayson Murray from within the golf community and beyond following the star's tragic passing at the age of 30
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The parents of Grayson Murray, Eric and Terry, have shared a heart-wrenching statement confirming the tragic passing of the PGA Tour star by suicide.

The golfing community is mourning the loss of 30-year-old Grayson Murray, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and ranked 58th in the world, who was found deceased on Saturday. This tragic event occurred shortly after he pulled out of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, citing illness during the second round on Friday.

Throughout his career, Murray had been candid about his battles with alcohol dependency and mental health issues. However, he had made significant strides in the past year, achieving sobriety and reclaiming his status on the PGA Tour.

Murray's family are grappling with numerous unanswered questions surrounding his untimely death, expressing their devastation and the love they had for him.

In their statement, Murray's parents conveyed their shock and grief: "We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone," they said. "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."

They continued to reflect on the love he received: "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.

"We would like to thank the PGA TOUR and the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support. Life wasn't always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now.

"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. Thank you."

Tour members were informed of Murray's death via an email sent by commissioner Jay Monahan during Saturday's third round at Colonial. Play continued in line with the family's wishes.

Heartbreaking scenes followed as Murray's contemporaries tried to come to terms with the news, with tributes pouring in from across the game. CBS commentators Jim Nantz and Trevor Immelman fought back tears as they informed viewers during the TV broadcast.

Peter Malnati was among the players to share their sadness with CBS after the round. He broke down in tears as he said: "This is going to be really hard. I didn't know Grayson all that well, but I spent the last few days with him.

"It's so funny. We get so worked up out here about a bad break here or a good break there. You know, we're so competitive, so competitive out here. We all want to beat each other. And then something like this happens and you realise we're all just humans."

Murray showed star potential as a youngster making his way on tour, with the North Carolina native winning the Barbasol Championship in 2017. But hard times followed and his form on the course suffered in the years that followed, losing his PGA Tour card.

Yet he appeared to put his demons behind him. He won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2023 to earn his place back on the PGA Tour, and he was a winner again in January when he lifted the Sony Open title in Hawaii, defeating Byeong-hun An and Keegan Bradley in a playoff.

Murray rocketed up the world rankings as a result, earning a place in The Masters and last week's PGA Championship. He finished 51st and tied 43rd at Augusta National and Valhalla respectively.

Following the news of Murray's death, the PGA Tour extended support to its members, offering counselling services. Monahan travelled to Texas to personally meet with players and express his condolences.

On Saturday, Monahan announced: "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."