Grayson Murray dies at 30: PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, pro golfers react to ‘huge loss for all of us’

After skilled golfer Grayson Murray died this weekend following his second-round wthdrawal within the Charles Schwab Problem, there was rapid response from PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and different opponents Saturday at Colonial Nation Membership and past.

Monahan sat down with Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports activities to debate the tragic state of affairs shortly after he arrived in Fort Price, Texas.  

“There is a brotherhood out right here,” Monahan stated. “There is a household out right here. And I simply wished to be right here for our gamers, our caddies, our households which can be right here. This can be a close-knit neighborhood out on the PGA Tour, and to be within the locker room and to see the devastation on the faces of each participant that is coming in is absolutely troublesome to see and actually simply profound.”

Monahan added that Murray, 30, was a exceptional participant, but in addition was “a really brave individual” for the methods he labored towards bettering his life after battling nervousness, melancholy and alcohol abuse.

Gamers on the Charles Schwab Problem had been alerted of Murray’s dying as they completed the third spherical. Due to the timing, a lot of them had been discovering out in regards to the information after the spherical and reacting within the second.

“Yeah, clearly the information hasn’t actually sunk in fairly but, however I am serious about his household and praying exhausting for all of them,” stated world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who shot 63 on Saturday. “I am unable to think about how troublesome of a time that is. I obtained to know Grayson a bit higher during the last six months or so, and yeah, actually simply, there’s probably not a solution to put into phrases how unhappy and tragic it’s. However I am serious about his household.”

“It was an enormous shock,” stated Webb Simpson instructed CBS Sports activities. Simpson and Murray have recognized each other since Murray’s youth. “My coronary heart sank. I’ve had a junior event for 14 years now — the Webb Simpson Problem — he was the primary ever winner. I keep in mind that day prefer it was yesterday when he obtained the trophy. I knew he was going to be a fantastic participant from Day 1.

“I simply performed with him at Charlotte the primary two days. We had a good time collectively. His sport seemed good. I simply hate it. I hate it a lot. I’ve gotten to know him even higher this 12 months — we shared a meal collectively at Pebble Seashore along with his fiancee. I do know she’s hurting and everybody related to Grayson Murray is hurting. I do know that he got here to religion, positioned his religion in Jesus Christ this 12 months, I believe it was. I hate it, I miss him, however I am grateful that he was within the place he was in along with his religion earlier than this morning occurred.”

Peter Malnati, who performed with Murray over the primary two rounds at Colonial, wept throughout his interview.

“I did not know Grayson all that effectively, however I spent the final two days with him,” Malnati stated. “It is humorous, we get so labored up out right here a couple of dangerous break right here or an excellent break there. We’re so aggressive. We’re so aggressive out right here. All of us need to beat one another. Then one thing like this occurs, and also you understand, ‘We’re all simply people.’ 

“It is a actually exhausting day since you have a look at Grayson and also you see somebody who has visibly, outwardly struggled previously, and he is been open about it. And also you see him get his life again to a spot the place he is feeling good about issues. It is simply so unhappy. I used to be with him yesterday. He is enjoying nice! His sport is so good! He is so good at golf.”

Malnati then instructed a narrative about how Wake Forest coach Jerry Haas — father of Invoice Haas and former coach of Simpson and Will Zalatoris — as soon as instructed him that Murray was probably the most proficient participant to ever step foot on the Wake Forest campus.

“It is an enormous loss for all of us on the PGA Tour, it is an enormous loss for our followers,” Malnati stated. “In a time like this you understand that as a lot as we need to beat one another and as a lot as we need to be aggressive, we’re one massive household. And we misplaced one at the moment, and that is horrible.”

Others like Justin Thomas, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson shared a few of their ideas by way of social media.