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

The 30-year-old, a two-time PGA Tour winner and the world number 58, was found dead on Saturday (May 25)
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Grayson Murray's parents have released an emotional statement confirming the PGA Tour star took his own life.

The 30-year-old, a two-time PGA Tour winner and the world number 58, was found dead on Saturday (May 25), less than 24 hours after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

Murray told his playing partners he was feeling unwell after 16 holes of Friday's second round and walked off the course, the Mirror reports.

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Murray had been open about his struggles with alcohol and his mental health over the years. But he turned his life around last year, getting sober and regaining his place on the PGA Tour.

Murray's family say they have been left with many unanswered questions about his final moments. They added he "was loved and he will be missed".

"We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone," Murray's parents Eric and Terry 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."

Grayson Murray's family has confirmed the PGA Tour star took his own life
Grayson Murray's family has confirmed the PGA Tour star took his own life -Credit:Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

"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.