Grayson Murray's Stance on LIV Golf and an Interesting Status

Grayson Murray's death has deeply affected golf fans

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Grayson Murray's Stance on LIV Golf and an Interesting Status
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Grayson Murray's death has deeply affected golf fans, his colleagues, and those closest to him. The PGA Tour player seemed to be recovering from depression and anxiety, ready to achieve great results. However, depression is a cruel disease that strikes without warning. As confirmed by his parents, Murray took his own life. 

Murray decided to withdraw from the Charles Schwab Challenge a few days ago. 

One of the first to react to his death was PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who was shocked to learn of Murray's passing. He expressed condolences to the family going through a difficult time. 

Monahan is a key figure in the Tour and the person responsible for negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF regarding the merger. This is important to note, as Murray was one of those who reacted to Monahan's actions a year ago when the PGA Tour commissioner was heavily criticized by golfers and fans. 

Murray, at the time the negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF began, said he didn't trust Jay because he felt he had lied to them. In 2021, Murray openly criticized the PGA Tour, believing that the Tour was not fully committed to its players, especially considering his own experiences. He believes that individuals must be held accountable for certain actions.


"No the PGA Tour didn’t force me to drink. but the PGA Tour never gave me help. In my five years of experience of being on tour not once have I ever had a request been acknowledged by the commissioner or the PAC other than ‘we will get back to you’.

I hope not only the PGA Tour steps up in the areas they need to step up, but I also hope people are held accountable in their roles they serve."- he said.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to THE PLAYERS Championship
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to THE PLAYERS Championship© Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Sport
 

Commissioner Monahan responded to Murray's remarks by stating that he promptly contacted Murray upon learning about his comments. Over the past few years, Monahan had dedicated considerable time to engaging with Murray to learn his perspective on how to improve conditions for all players. Monahan emphasized that they had implemented several initiatives as a result of these discussions, underscoring the organization's commitment to supporting players and everyone involved in the sport.

Monahan has acknowledged making efforts to change certain things, dedicating more time to golfers, especially those facing any kind of issues. Particularly after the entire merger saga and ensuing criticisms, Monahan admitted to grappling with mental health problems himself, leading him to take a break. He emphasized his readiness to alter his approach in the future and ensure that players are provided with what matters to them.

Jay Monahan: I am at a loss for words

Jay Monahan, in a message following the death of this remarkable golfer, expressed his devastation upon learning of Murray's passing. He considers every member of the PGA Tour as part of a family, including Grayson, with whom he had a good relationship. Monahan also spoke with his parents, expressing his condolences.

"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.

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."- he wrote.


Grayson Murray's parents' statement

Grayson Murray's parents have confirmed that their son committed suicide. Many are in shock, considering that Murray had stated a few months ago that he was feeling great and had overcome alcoholism. Grayson admitted to struggling with depression and anxiety for many reasons. 

Despite having difficult periods, he fought and grappled with this insidious illness. Murray acknowledged that his biggest support in the whole battle was his family, primarily his parents. Without their support, he admitted it would be difficult to cope. 

He considered himself one of the greater talents, given his brilliance in his junior days. However, Grayson always felt a sense of sadness, believing he hadn't fulfilled his potential. That was something that created pressure for him, even though on the other hand, he was happy playing golf and the financial aspect of the game.

His death will leave a significant void in the world of golf, as Murray was a golfer whom everyone loved and respected.

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