"They've been my number one supporters" - When Grayson Murray spoke about his family's support while battling mental health issues

Valero Texas Open - Round Two
Grayson Murray during the Valero Texas Open

Grayson Murray died on Saturday, May 25, at the age of 30, just a few hours after he decided to pull out of the Charles Schwab Challenge. He was a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Murray had long struggled with alcoholism and depression over the past few years. However, in 2023, he overcame these challenges, and things turned around for him. He won two titles on the Korn Ferry Tour, finished fourth in the season standings, and earned a PGA Tour card for this year.

Last year, after winning the Korn Ferry Tour's AdventHealth Championship, Grayson Murray opened up to the media about his battle with alcoholism and his parents' role in his fight. He said that they had been through tough times over the last six years while he was struggling with mental health issues.

"It's not easy on me and the people around me that love me, they don't like to see me down," he said. "They've been my number one supporters, and everyone has their battles. Sometimes people are able to hide them and function, and sometimes you're not. I think our society now is getting better about accepting that it's okay to not be okay type deal.
"I've embraced that type mentality. I'm not ashamed that I go through depression, anxiety. I know I've helped people out in the past just through my social media DMs, people mess into me. I think I can use my platform to continue to help with things like that," he added.

Murray's career witnessed a turnaround this year as he won the Sony Open earlier in January and secured his card for the next two seasons. Besides, he made cuts at both the Masters tournament and the PGA Championship. He also tied for 10th at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month.

"It’s a huge loss for all of us on the PGA Tour" - Peter Malnalti mourns Grayson Murray's death

On the two days Grayson Murray played at the Charles Schwab Challenge, he was accompanied by Peter Malnati, who was in the same group as him. Following the shocking news of Murray's death, Malnati spoke to CBS and broke down in front of host Amanda Balionis while talking about him.

"It’s a huge loss for all of us on the PGA Tour," Malnati said, as per The Guardian. "As much as we want to beat each other, we’re one big family, and we lost one today. It’s terrible."

Besides two PGA Tour wins, Grayson Murray had also claimed three titles on the Korn Ferry Tour and reached 46th in the OWGR.

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