BREAKING: 30-year-old PGA golfer dies after suddenly pulling out of tournament due to illness

"I am at a loss for words."


UPDATE: Grayson Murray's family confirmed that he died from suicide.

On Saturday, two-time PGA tour winner Grayson Murray, 30, passed away after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday due to illness.  

In a statement, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said, "We were devastated to learn – and are heartbroken to share – that PGA TOUR player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. I am at a loss for words."  

“The PGA TOUR is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones," he continued. "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 will be, we want to respect their wishes," Murray added.  

The cause of death has not been determined, but he withdrew from the tournament, citing illness. 

In January, Murray opened the year with his second win on the PGA tour at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which moved him up to the 46th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings. After the win, the golfer opened up about his past battles with mental health and alcohol addiction.  

"Yes, I would drink during tournament weeks," he said. "It was my outlet. I thought I was invincible coming out here as a 22-year-old, winning as a rookie, played three days hungover when I won. Best thing and worst thing that ever happened to me was winning my rookie year, but also feeling like I was invincible." 

"I'm a different man now. I would not be in this position right now today if I didn't put that drink down eight months ago," Murray noted. "People who don't know me, I'll have to show it through my actions, and they'll get back on Grayson's side. My demeanor is so much better. It's really a lot of fun now. I really don't live and die by a golf shot anymore. I'm not going to sit here and say it's going to be all glory and roses, but it's going to be a lot better." 

Grief counselors are available at the PGA tour and Korn Ferry Tour events throughout the weekend.  

Grayson has a successful history in the league. He was ranked as a top tier golfer for his age range when he was in his youth and became the second youngest player to make the cut for the Korn Ferry Tour at age 16. After a few stints playing at colleges, he advanced in the sport nationally and internationally. 

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