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Grayson Murray’s childhood friend reveals the last conversation he had with the golf star before his tragic suicide at 30


Grayson Murray was on the minds of Korn Ferry players as the tour returned to his native North Carolina this week following the PGA golfer’s tragic suicide at age 30.

«Every time I step on the court, I’m reminded of what we did when we were in high school and when we were both here,» Carter Jenkins, Murray’s longtime friend and rival, told North Carolina reporter Chip Alexander. at this week’s tournament at Raleigh Country Club.

Jenkins and Murray were teammates at nearby Leesville Road High School before turning pro, and although the latter went on to the more prestigious PGA Tour, the two remained friends.

It was only a few weeks ago that the pair crossed paths at Raleigh’s Wildwood Green Golf Club, where they both once worked. The interview itself wasn’t memorable, except for the fact that it was the last they ever had before Murray took his own life in Texas last week during the Charles Schwab Challenge.

«I asked him about the Masters and the US Open he’s going to be in and how he’s playing,» Jenkins said. “It was just a friendly, casual conversation, the usual back and forth. I didn’t expect it to be the last.’

Murray was on the minds of the Korn Ferry players when the tour returned to his native North Carolina

Carter Jenkins chips in during the second round of the AdventHealth Championship on May 16

Carter Jenkins chips in during the second round of the AdventHealth Championship on May 16

Jenkins pulled out of an event in Forth Worth on Friday, claiming he was not feeling well. The following day, the PGA Tour announced his retirement.

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Murray’s parents have since confirmed that he took his own life. During his playing career, he spoke openly about his struggle with depression.

«When I first got the news, I didn’t know what to think,» Jenkins said. “It was a bit of an out-of-body experience more than anything else. I sat there for about five minutes and didn’t really know how to react to it.

“As the days have gone by, it’s become more and more real and therefore harder and harder. Especially being at home this week at Raleigh Country Club.”

“It’s harder to wrap your head around the fact that she’s not here anymore. You have to accept it.

“He left his mark here in Raleigh, everyone will remember that, that’s for sure. He will be greatly missed, but I know he is at peace with himself now.”

Eric and Terry Murray revealed their son's suicide in a statement released by the PGA

Eric and Terry Murray revealed their son’s suicide in a statement released by the PGA

Jenkins described Murray as someone who can be combative, refusing to back down from his convictions while demonstrating an ability to be supportive and understanding.

“As his struggles are well documented, I think the positive impact he had on people when he was around them, the passion he had for the game he loved, which was all he ever wanted to do, leaves a bigger mark.

“Because everyone has problems. Everyone has demons. He took his demons and still managed to have a phenomenal career and a phenomenal life with them.

“He was so comfortable being who he was and he made everyone around him better because of it.

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