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Some of golf’s biggest names have paid tribute to Grayson Murray following news of the PGA Tour winner’s death. 

In a statement, the tour confirmed that the 30-year-old passed away on Saturday morning.

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

Monahan added: “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.”

Social media was quickly flooded with heartfelt tributes to Murray from many of his fellow players.

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald wrote: “Truly devastating news that Grayson Murray has passed away.

“He asked me for some advice on how to play Augusta a few months ago, last week I saw him at the PGA Championship, life truly is precious.

“My condolences and prayers to his whole family that they may find some peace.”

Donald’s fellow Englishman, former world No.1 Justin Rose wrote: “I had the opportunity to spend a few rounds of golf alongside Grayson in recent weeks at Hilton Head, Quail Hollow and Valhalla.

“I will always remember that and use it to remind myself that you never know what challenges people have going on in their lives and how they may be internalising things. RIP Grayson and love and strength to your family and friends.”

Two-time major champion Justin Thomas tweeted: “Speechless to hear about Grayson. Guy had been through so many ups and downs to get where he was. I hurt so much for his family and the people closest to him. My condolences and deepest sympathies.”

Fellow American Will Zalatoris posted his own tribute on Instagram.

“My guy lived a tough life,” wrote Zalatoris. “His struggles are over and I know he’s not in pain anymore. Hate to lose somebody who, regardless of what people said, was always so great to me. RIP brother.”

Akshay Bhatia added: “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. Rest in peace.”

In a statement, one of Murray’s sponsors, Japanese equipment giant Mizuno, wrote: “We are beyond saddened to learn the news of Grayson Murray’s passing.  Grayson has been a joy to work with and to be around since joining the Mizuno family this past year.

“The entire Mizuno Team will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grayson’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

Murray’s former caddie Kip Henley described himself as “lost for words” by the news.

“I’m still in shock having just heard a few mins ago,” he wrote. “The kid had a heart of gold but could be tortured soul at times. My heart and prayers go out to his beautiful family. They are sweetest people who couldn’t have loved their son anymore than they did.”

Current caddie Jay Green added: “Grayson was the absolute best. Not only was he an incredible, thoughtful and generous boss, he was an even better friend. He truly would do anything for anyone. He has the best family, and my heart goes out to them. We will all miss him deeply.”

Here’s a selection of the other tributes…

(More will be added as they are posted.)

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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