Rory McIlroy reflects on ‘incredibly sad’ death of PGA Tour player Grayson Murray and asks for kindness | golf news

Rory McIlroy believes the death of two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray has highlighted how “vulnerable and fragile” the sport’s top stars can be.

Murray withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge last week with two holes remaining in Friday’s second round and was found inside a residence in Palm Beach Gardens around 11 a.m. Saturday, according to local police.

In a statement issued Sunday, his parents said Murray had taken his own life. The 30-year-old had spoken openly about his battles with anxiety and depression and revealed in January that he had sought treatment in recent years for alcohol abuse, but that he had been sober for several months.

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Speaking in January after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, Murray spoke openly about struggles with his mental health.

“It’s incredibly sad, first of all, and we’re all thinking about Grayson’s family and hoping that they are okay and get through this incredibly difficult period,” McIlroy said ahead of the RBC Canadian Open.

“It’s a cliché, but it puts everything into perspective. At the end of the day, golf is golf and, yes, we play it for a living, but it pales in comparison to the things that really matter in life.

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PGA Tour golfer Murray died at age 30, just one day after retiring from the Charles Schwab Challenge

“I’ve had to realize that at times and I’m still working on it in terms of not making golf the be-all and end-all for me. I think it smacks you in the face when something like that happens last week.

“It’s incredibly sad and everyone has to remember here that we go out and do things that a lot of people can’t, but at the end of the day we’re still human beings and we’re vulnerable and we’re fragile, and I think if there’s a lesson for anyone it’s to be kinder to each other.

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Speaking in January after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, Murray spoke openly about struggles with his mental health.

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McIlroy begins an intense stage of the PGA Tour in Canada

The RBC Canadian Open returns to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2019, when McIlroy shot a closing 61 to lift the title he finally successfully defended in 2022, after two years without a tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic. .

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Watch highlights from McIlroy’s final round at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open, where he threatened a ’round 59′ on his way to victory.

His bid for a third Canadian title marks the start of four consecutive PGA Tour events, and McIlroy will also participate in the Memorial Tournament, US Open and Travelers Championship in the coming weeks.

McIlroy paced Shane Lowry to victory at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last month before winning the Wells Fargo Championship in his next start, then extended his major drought with a tied 12th-place finish at the PGA Championship. .

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Highlights from the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, where McIlroy claimed a fourth victory in the event

Returning to Europe after his week in Valhalla, where he won his most recent major title in 2014, he spent four days in Italy for a close friend’s wedding and then the weekend with his family in Northern Ireland before a busy stretch on the PGA Tour.

“I certainly zoned out,” McIlroy said of his break. “I needed that reset. I’m playing four weeks in a row here. I’m ready to go, but it’s been a busy stretch and I’m kind of getting back into it. I probably hit a grand total of probably 150 balls last week.

“It’s not that I feel rusty, I feel like I’ve played enough golf to stay on top of things, but last week was a good week to reset and start again.”

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