Championship profitable golfer dies hours after withdrawing from event

Top golfer Grayson Murray has died just hours after putting out of the PGA Charles Schwab Challenge.

The 30-year-old two-time PGA champion withdrew earlier today at short notice.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “We were devastated to learn – and are heartbroken to share – that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. 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.

“They were adamant that Grayson would want us to do so. As difficult as it will be, we want to respect their wishes.”

No details on why he withdraw or how he died have been made public at this stage. Murray was the second-youngest golfer in history to appear on the Koren Ferry Tour, and turned professional in 2015.

His first PGA win came in the 2017 Barbasol Championships, and won the 2024 Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year. According to CBS Sports, Murray had issues with alcohol and mental health, and recently admittied that he used to “drink” during tournament weeks, calling it his “outlet.”

He was thought to have recovered, later adding: “My demeanor is so much better. It’s really a lot of fun now. I really don’t live and die by a golf shot anymore. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s going to be all glory and roses, but it’s going to be a lot better.”

Paying tribute to him, his caddy Jay Green said: “Grayson was the absolute best. Not only was he an incredible, thoughtful and generous boss, he was an even better friend. He truly would do anything for anyone. He has the best family, and my heart goes out to them. We will all miss him deeply.”

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