Pro who once told Rory McIlroy to "F off" regains PGA Tour card

You can only wonder what Rory McIlroy is thinking as Grayson Murray regains his PGA Tour card...

Pro who once told Rory McIlroy to "F off" regains PGA Tour card
Pro who once told Rory McIlroy to "F off" regains PGA Tour card

Grayson Murray, who told Rory McIlroy to 'f--- off' during a recent players meeting, has regained his PGA Tour card for 2024 after locking up his second win on the lower-tier Korn Ferry Tour at the weekend. 

Murray, 29, has spent much of his Tour pro career weaving in between the two tours. 

The American is considered by many as the 'bad boy' of the PGA Tour not just because of his comments to World No.2 and PGA Tour player director McIlroy in June, but more his extremely hot temper on the golf course that once saw him launch his putter and then snap his iron

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There have been other incidents of Murray throwing his out the pram on the PGA Tour. 

Here's just one of them: 

He also walked straight off the course in one PGA Tour event last season, and he has had plenty of beef in recent times with a now LIV Golf League player.

Murray, who has been open about his mental health in in the past, described earlier this year how his parents have "been through hell and back" with him.

He admitted to being an 'alcoholic' in 2021 and he also had a scooter accident

At one time he even asked Playboy model Lindsey Pelas to caddie for him at The Masters, something she agreed to do if he qualified for Augusta National. 

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But Murray, to his credit, has dusted himself down and got things back on track. 

He won his second career title on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier in May, which marked his first win as a professional since 2016.

Murray then earned a handful of starts on the PGA Tour and excelled with a T6 at the John Deere Classic before adding a T7 at the Barbasol Championship. 

He then decided to work even harder on his mental game, flying from Florida to San Diego earlier this month to spend a training session with Tony Blauer, a renowned self-defense and 'fear management' instructor who works with Navy SEALS.

Murray told the PGA Tour: 

"It’s crazy how fear is one of those things that it happens to all of us, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t experience fear. Being out here on the golf course trying to win tournaments, there’s a lot of things going through your mind, and whether you want to call it fear or not, I think us men don’t like to use that word, but there’s a lot of times where, oh, there’s water left, you don’t want to hit it left — that’s a fear."

The training clearly worked as Murray picked up his second win of the Korn Ferry Tour season with a convincing three-stroke victory at the Simmons Bank Open on Sunday.

He was also using a new golf ball marker during the tournament which had the acronyms 'S-O-P' and 'W-I-N' stamped on it. These are short for 'succeed on purpose' and 'what's important now'.

Murray added: 

"I just kept looking at that ball marker and it never got me looking ahead, it kept me in the moment."

The latest win for Murray guarantees his spot in the top 30 on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, which means he has regained his PGA Tour card for next season. 

With all the extra work he has put in to his golf game and his mental state, Murray intends to now stay on the PGA Tour.

Murray said with some perspective: 

"I turn 30 in less than a month and I just kind of had a hard talk to myself and realized that I’m getting a second chance. Luckily, we play a game where we can have careers into our 50s, so 30 is still young. I feel like I have a lot of good golf ahead of me."

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