PGA Tour release statement after Grayson Murray dies aged 30

The PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has released a statement after two-time winner Grayson Murray died aged 30 before the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Grayson Murray
Grayson Murray

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has paid tribute to Grayson Murray after the two-time winner died at the age of 30.

Murray was in the field for this week's Charles Schwab Challenge but withdrew during his second round on Friday.

On 25 May, Barstool Sports' Dan Rapaport was first to report the news of his tragic death. 

His death has now been confirmed by the PGA Tour

The cause of his death is not yet known. 

When he withdrew from this week's event, the reason given was 'illness'. 

PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan said in a statement: "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 your family, you are never the same. 

"We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort of his loved ones."

He added: "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 still will be, we want to respect their wishes.

"The PGA Tour has grief counsellors available at both tournament sites, as well as virtually for those not in the field.

"I am en route to Ft. Worth and will share more information when we can." 

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Murray claimed his first victory on the North American circuit at the 2017 Barbasol Championship. 

In January, Murray claimed the Sony Open in Hawaii after defeating Ben An and Keegan Bradley in a playoff. 

Murray has not been without his struggles and was previously critical of the PGA Tour for allegedly not helping him enough with alcoholism.

He appeared to turn a corner, though, and had spoken of his renewed optimism and appreciation for the game.

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