World golf in shock at sudden death of leading PGA tour star

Grayson Murray after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii
-Credit: (Image: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray has died at the age of 30 after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday.

The world number 58 played 16 holes in Friday's second round and was at three-over par before he withdrew from the event at Colonial at Fort Worth, Texas. He told his playing partners he was not feeling well before walking off the course. The North Carolina native was found dead on Saturday, reports the Mirror.

Murray enjoyed his career-best moment in January when he won the Sony Open in Hawaii, defeating Byeong-hun An and Keegan Bradley in a playoff. But he had been open about his issues with alcohol and his mental health off the course over the years.

CBS commentator Jim Nantz told viewers the tour offered to abandon the tournament, but Murray's family insisted it went ahead. His broadcast partner Trevor Immelman was choked up as he reacted to the news.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement: "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. 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.

Grayson withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday and was found dead the following day
Grayson withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday and was found dead the following day -Credit:Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

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

In an additional statement sent to PGA Tour members, Monahan added: "No one should go through a crisis alone. The PGA Tour has grief counselors available at both tournament sites, as well as virtually for those not in the field. I am en route to Fort Worth and will share more information when we can."

Murray showed star potential when he arrived on the PGA Tour, winning the Barbasol Championship in 2017. But his form faded and his mental health declined. “I just thought I was a failure,” he said last year, reflecting on his struggles. “I thought I had a lot of talent that was just a waste of talent.”

Alcohol was a contributing factor in his dark moments. He admitted to being hungover for three of the rounds he played at the Barbasol when he won. Murray said he had gotten sober last year. “It was by choice,” he said. “It was time [to stop drinking].”

Murray had his best results on the course in several years over the past 12 months, regaining his PGA Tour card with a pair of Korn Ferry Tour wins before clinching his long-awaited second PGA Tour victory in Hawaii in January.

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