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Golfer pays emotional tribute to Grayson Murray after winning tournament following PGA Tour star’s tragic suicide aged 30


Harry Higgs claimed his second Korn Ferry Tour playoff victory in Tennessee on Sunday, but he didn’t let that get in the way of his poignant message following the tragic death of PGA golfer Grayson Murray.

After a public battle with depression, Murray, 30, took his own life this weekend, his parents revealed Sunday before Higgs’ victory at the Visit Knoxville Open. The North Carolina native dropped out of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth after complaining of an illness on Friday. And on Saturday, the PGA Tour revealed that Murray had died.

«We lost one of our own yesterday morning,» Higgs said in Knoxville. “Someone who’s been through a lot of difficult things, someone who’s been open and honest about it, and last night.

“I’ve been thinking about this moment and how we might remember Grayson,” Higgs continued. «One thing I was thinking about last night, especially as I was lying in bed, is that I would challenge everyone here – and I myself do this every day – say something nice to someone you love and I’ll also say something nice to someone , who you don’t even know.

«So if we can, everyone here can make a difference, make a difference, brighten someone’s day,» Higgs added. “It could mean the world.

Harry Higgs claimed his second Korn Ferry Tour playoff victory on Sunday

Murray withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday before his death on Saturday

Murray withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday before his death on Saturday

“I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ll definitely try to live up to what I said. Say something nice to a loved one and say something nice to someone you don’t know and try to do it every day. That will be part of my routine, part of the things I can control off the golf course and hopefully bring some light to someone who may be struggling.”

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In a statement, Murray’s parents Eric and Terry offered a similar sentiment.

«Please honor Grayson by being kind to each other,» read a statement from Eric and Terry Murray. “If this becomes his legacy, we couldn’t ask for anything else.

Many PGA Tour stars have openly shared their sadness at Murray’s departure, including Peter Malnati, who played the 30-year-old during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on Thursday.

«It’s really hard to lose him,» a devastated Malnati told CBS Sports on Saturday. “I didn’t even know Grayson that well, but I spent the last two days with him. And we get so upset because of a bad break here or a good break there…”

Malnati paused at that moment as he began to cry.

«We’re so competitive here,» he continued after folding. «We all want to beat each other. And then something like this happens and you realize we’re all only human. It’s a really hard day.’

Malnati then referred to Murray’s public struggle with depression: «You look at Grayson and you see someone who has visibly, outwardly struggled in the past and was open about it, and you see him getting his life back to a place where he feels good. about things. It’s so sad.”

For support call Samaritans on 116123 in the UK or visit www.samaritans.org or Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on 988 in the US.



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