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PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray committed suicide, parents reveal

Grayson Murray’s parents urged to ‘be kind to each other’ as they reveal the American golfer took his own life.

The PGA Tour announced that the 30-year-old tragically died on Saturday, a day after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge event in Texas.

Murray had bravely spoken out about his health struggles in the past

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Murray had bravely spoken out about his health struggles in the pastCredit: Getty

On Sunday, the Tour released a statement on behalf of Murray’s heartbroken parents, Eric and Terry.

The statement said: “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 also have to admit it to the world. It’s a nightmare.

“We have so many unanswered questions. But one. Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes. By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, his entire extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and – it seems like many of you reading this were loved and will be missed.

“We would like to thank the PGA Tour and the entire golf world for their support. Life was not always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he is at peace now.

“Please respect our privacy as we work through this incredible tragedy, and honor Grayson by being kind to each other. If this becomes his legacy, we couldn’t ask for anything else. Thank you.”

Murray told his golf partners Friday that he wasn’t feeling well before withdrawing from the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge after 16 holes.

He died Saturday morning, and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed the news and said the event would go ahead at the request of Murray’s parents.

The PGA Tour statement said: “We were devastated to learn – and we are heartbroken to share – that PGA TOUR player Grayson Murray passed away this morning.

“I’m at a loss for words. The PGA TOUR is a family, and when you lose a family member, you’re never the same.

“We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.

“I contacted Grayson’s parents to offer our deepest condolences, and during that conversation, they requested that we continue with the tournament.

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

The thoughts of everyone at talkSPORT are with Murray's family and loved ones at this time.

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The thoughts of everyone at talkSPORT are with Murray’s family and loved ones at this time.Credit: Getty

Murray is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and after his most recent victory, in Hawaii in January, he bravely spoke about his struggles off the golf course.

He admitted his parents went through “hell and back” with the depression, anxiety and alcoholism issues he faced throughout his career.

The golf world paid tribute to Murray following the news of his tragic death.

World number one Scottie Scheffler, who was competing in the same tournament this week, reacted: “Obviously the news hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m thinking of his family and praying a lot for them all.

“I can’t imagine what a difficult time this is. I’ve gotten to know Grayson a little better over the last six months. There’s no real way to put into words how much It’s sad and tragic, but I’m thinking of his family.”

Fellow American star Justin Thomas said: “Speechless to hear about Grayson. Guy went through so many ups and downs to get to where he was. I suffered so much for his family and loved ones. My condolences and my most sincere sympathies.

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald wrote on social media: “Truly devastating news of the passing of Grayson Murray. He asked me for some advice for playing at Augusta a few months ago, last week I saw him at the PGA Championship, life is truly precious. My condolences and prayers to her entire family that she can find some peace.

Justin Rose, another European Ryder Cup hero, said: “I had the opportunity to spend a few rounds of golf alongside Grayson over the last few weeks at Hilton Head, Quail Hollow and Valhalla. I will always remember it and use it to remind myself that you never know what challenges people face in their lives and how they may internalize things. RIP Grayson and love and strength to your family and friends.

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