Grayson Murray's parents confirm the professional golfer 'took his own life'

Tour leadership said in a statement that grief counselors would be made available for those in need after Murray's sudden death was announced on Saturday.
PGA tour champion Grayson Murray has died. He was 30
Posted at 2:06 PM, May 26, 2024

The parents of 30-year-old professional golfer Grayson Murray have confirmed the athlete died by suicide after his body was found on Saturday morning, according to a statement from PGA Tour commissioner commissioner Jay Monahan.

The association released a statement from Grayson's parents, Eric and Terry Murray, who said on Sunday, "Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now."

The parents said, "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."

Monahan said Saturday, "We were devastated to learn, and are heartbroken to share, that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away ... I am at a loss for words."

Grayson had previously withdrawn from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday citing an illness.

Monahan said, "I reached out to Grayson's parents to offer our deepest condolences, and during that conversation, they asked that we continue with tournament play."

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

Tournament leadership said grief counselors would be made available for those in need.

The 30-year-old golfer won three consecutive Callaway Junior World Championships and became the top-ranked golfer in his age group. When Murray was 16 he made the first cut on the Korn Ferry Tour, and became the second-youngest player to achieve the victory.

He would later go on to Wake Forest University, East Carolina University and Arizona State University before he go his break in 2016 gaining a sponsor’s exemption into the Korn Ferry Tour near Raleigh, North Carolina — his hometown — the PGA Tour said.

He was able to earn full status on the PGA Tour for the 2016-2017 season.

Multiple outlets reported on the moment, which was also shared on social media, when CBS's Jim Nantz became emotional when he announced the death of the 58th-ranked golfer in the world, after his sudden death.

If you need to talk to someone, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or text "HOME" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.