"Let's ride today G" - Akshay Bhatia pays special tribute to late friend Grayson Murray at the RBC Canadian Open

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Akshay Bhatia pays special tribute to late friend Grayson Murray at the RBC Canadian Open

Akshay Bhatia and Grayson Murray were more than just tourmates, they were friends. Murray took his own life last weekend, and Bhatia will play the first tournament since then without him. He is thinking of his late friend this weekend, and he shared a special shoutout to Murray on social media.

Bhatia's post featured a G, Murray's first initial, and a dollar sign. It read:

"Let's ride today, G."

Murray might have been in the field at the RBC Canadian Open. Instead, he's represented on Bhatia's wrist as the young golfer prepares to compete in a brand-new reality.

Bhatia initially posted in the wake of the news about Murray via the PGA Tour:

“Words can’t describe how tough this is. A great friend that always supported me as I did to him. I’m gonna miss you so much man. You fought so hard.”

Several others expressed their condolences and will likely be thinking of Murray this weekend.


Grayson Murray draws mourning from several golfers

Aside from Akshay Bhatia, several PGA Tour players had strong relationships with Grayson Murray. Webb Simpson in particular had quite a lot to say about his former competitor.

Webb Simpson mourned the loss of Grayson Murray
Webb Simpson mourned the loss of Grayson Murray

Via the PGA Tour site, Simpson had a difficult time believing the news when he heard it. He said he heard the emotion coming from their shared swing coach and understood the gravity of the situation.

He said:

“You know, I think he has really explored his faith over the years, and it seemed like the last six months to eight months he had really started committing his life to Christ and trying to honor Christ with his life. It definitely seemed like there was more of a lightness to him, in a good way, over these past few months when I would see him."

Murray had played just a few holes of the Charles Schwab Challenge before withdrawing with illness. He was dead the following day and his parents later confirmed that it was by suicide.

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