Golf: Suicide blamed for shock death of PGA professional Grayson Murray, 30

PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray has died by suicide, his parents have confirmed.

The death of Murray, 30, was announced by commissioner Jay Monahan, one day after he cited illness for his withdrawal from the Charles Schwab Challenge at Fort Worth, Texas.

Parents, Eric and Terry have provided the following statement:

Grayson Murray in action at the Charles Schwab Open.
Grayson Murray in action at the Charles Schwab Open. Photo credit: Getty Images

"We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone. 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. 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."

Murray had been open about his battles with alcoholism and mental health challenges. After winning the Sony Open in January, an emotional Murray discussed his struggle with mental issues and admitted he had considered suicide.

"It's not easy," he said at the time. "I wanted to give up a lot of times... give up on myself, give up on the game of golf, give up on life, at times."

Murray also won the Barbasol Championship in 2017 at Nicholasville, Kentucky. His best result in a Major was a tie for 22nd at the 2017 PGA Championship.

He gained his PGA Tour card for 2024 by winning twice on the Korn Ferry Tour last season. That tour has recognised Murray with a moment of remembrance.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Murray was a three-time winner of the Callaway Junior Championships. He attended East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and Arizona State University, playing in the US Open for the first time in 2013 as an amateur.

At the Charles Schwab Challenge, players wore red and black ribbons. Murray wore those colours on Sundays in honor of his hometown NHL team, Carolina Hurricanes.


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