Revealed: Golf star Grayson Murray took his own life, family reveals

Revealed: Golf star Grayson Murray took his own life, family reveals

21:59 - 26.05.2024

The two-time PGA Tour passed away at the age of 30 on Saturday.

The golfing community was left reeling on Saturday as news broke of the tragic death of Grayson Murray, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Murray, who had been open about his struggles with depression, anxiety, and alcoholism, took his own life at the age of 30, just a day after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced Murray's death, expressing his profound shock and grief. The following day, Murray's parents, Eric and Terry Murray, confirmed their son's death in a deeply moving statement.

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

"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. 

“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's passing has sent shockwaves through the golfing world, with players and officials expressing their sorrow and reflecting on his life and career. Peter Malnati, who played alongside Murray earlier in the week, was visibly emotional during an interview with CBS.

"I didn't even know Grayson all that well, but I spent the last two days with him," Malnati said.

 "We get so worked up out here about a bad break or a good break. We're so competitive out here and you want to beat each other — and then something like this happens and you realise we're all just humans.

“ It's just a really hard day because you look at Grayson and you see in him someone who has visibly, outwardly struggled in the past and he's been open about it.

"And you see him get his life back to a place where he's feeling good about things. Just to know that he's not going to be doing that anymore, I think it's a huge loss for all of us on the PGA Tour. It's a huge loss. We lost one and that's terrible."

Murray, once a junior prodigy, had climbed to 58th in the world rankings and claimed his second Tour victory earlier this year. His achievements were all the more remarkable given his public battle with severe mental health issues. 

Fellow golfer Justin Rose shared his reflections on Murray's struggles and successes.

"I had the opportunity to spend a few rounds of golf alongside Grayson in recent weeks at Hilton Head, Quail Hollow, and Valhalla," Rose said. 

"I will always remember that and use it to remind myself that you never know what challenges people have going on in their lives and how they may be internalising things. RIP Grayson and love and strength to your family and friends."

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald expressed his condolences on social media, highlighting the fleeting nature of life and the personal connection he had with Murray.

"Truly devastating news that Grayson Murray has passed away," Donald posted. "He asked me for some advice on how to play Augusta a few months ago, last week I saw him at the PGA Championship.

“ Life truly is precious. My condolences and prayers to his whole family that they may find some peace."

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler also reflected on the loss, noting the profound impact it has had on the golfing community.

"I can't imagine how difficult of a time this is," Scheffler said. "I got to know Grayson a bit better over the last six months or so. 

“There's not really a way to put into words how sad and tragic it is, but I'm thinking about his family."

The PGA Tour had faced criticism from Murray in 2021 for what he perceived as a lack of support during his difficult times. Commissioner Monahan spoke about his personal interactions with Murray and the lessons learned from his openness about mental health struggles.

"Over the last several years, I spent a lot of time with him because I wanted to understand what we could do," Monahan said. 

"I'm devastated by Grayson's loss. The conversations I had with him, particularly in the last year, I learned an awful lot from him. He was very open and transparent with me. We don't know the circumstances around Grayson's passing. 

“My conversations with Grayson in the area of mental health… we're always challenging ourselves to make certain that we're on the front edge of being able to provide the support that we can for everybody out here.

“ These are some of the best athletes in the world. They think they're, in many respects, invincible. One of the things I think back about Grayson's openness is he taught us all a lesson on that front and that's something I'll never forget."

While the PGA Tour has opted not to cancel the remainder of the tournament at the request of Murray's family, the focus now shifts to honoring his memory and supporting those who knew and loved him. 

Grayson Murray's legacy will be remembered not only for his achievements on the golf course but also for his courageous battle with mental health, serving as a poignant reminder of the human struggles that often lie behind public success.