PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray dies aged 30 – just 24 hours after withdrawing from this week’s event in Texas due to ‘illness’

The PGA Tour has announced the tragic death of Grayson Murray at the age of 30 – just a day after he withdrew from this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.

The North Carolina native won his second PGA Tour title in January, but on Saturday PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed he was “lost for words” after Murray passed away on Saturday morning.

“We were devastated to learn – and heartbroken to share – that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning,” Monahan said.

“The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a family member, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.”

“I contacted Grayson’s parents to express our deepest condolences, and during that conversation they asked if we could proceed with tournament play.

The PGA Tour has announced the tragic death of Grayson Murray at the age of 30

“They were convinced that Grayson would want us to do that. However difficult it will be, we want to respect their wishes.

“The PGA Tour has grief counselors available at both tournament locations (this week’s PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events), as well as virtually for those not in the field. I’m on my way to Ft. Worth and will share more information when we can.”

Murray was present until the 16th hole of his second round at this week’s event at Colonial Club.

He shot a two-under-par 68 in his opening round, but was five over for his second round when he withdrew from the tournament due to illness.

Murray made his first appearance on the Korn Ferry Tour at the age of 16. He then turned professional in 2015 before winning twice on the PGA Tour. He won his second and last title in January, at the Sony Open in Hawaii.