Players in mourning for Murray


The parents of the 30-year-old American golfer Grayson Murray, who died early Saturday morning, confirmed in a statement on Sunday that it was suicide.

Murray, who recently won the Sony Open in Hawaii, called a halt after the 16th hole on Friday in the second round of the Charles Schwab tournament decided in Forth Worth, Texas, because he felt ill.

Grayson, who at one stage was 46th in the world golf ranking, spoke openly about his anxiety and depression and alcohol addiction after his victory in Hawaii.

“We have so many questions, but no answer. Just one. Grayson was loved by everyone, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, his family and his fellow players,” his parents said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Davis Riley won the Charles Schwab tournament, which is part of the American PGA Series, by three shots. He paid tribute to Murray after his victory.

“It’s an extremely sad day for the golf world and my heart goes out to his family,” said Riley.

Riley and his fellow players and runners wore black bows on their caps and shirts in honor of Murray.

Some of them played in the colors of the Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey team, which was Murray’s favorite team.

Riley finished the final round in 70 strokes and finished at 266 strokes (-14).

His score was five strokes better than that of his American compatriots Scottie Scheffler and Keegan Bradley who together finished second on 271 strokes (-9).

American Collin Morikawa was fourth at 272 (-8), with his compatriots Pierceson Coody, Hayden Buckley, Mac Meissner and Sepp Straka of Austria tied for fifth at 275 (-5).

South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout shot 68 in the final round and finished in 17th position on 278 (-2).

* The Spaniard Ignacio Elvira won the Soudal Open which is part of the Dubai World Tour (European series) on the Rinkven course in Belgium.

Elvira was first on 266 (-18), with Niklas Noergaard-Möller of Denmark, Frenchman Romain Langasque and Thomas Pieters of Belgium joint second on 267 (-17).

South Africa’s Jayden Schaper (276, -8) fared the best of his countrymen, with Zander Lombard and Thriston Lawrence together on 277 (-7).

They were followed by Brandon Stone and Darren Fichardt (both 278), Jaco Prinsloo (280), Louis de Jager (283) and Justin Harding (289).

* In the local KitKat Cash and Carry Pro-Am played at the Irene Country Club, Zimbabwean Kieran Vincent opened his Sunshine account when he won the tournament by four shots.

Vincent, whose mother and sister were on the course, finished the final round in 66 strokes to finish at 267 (-21).

His score was four strokes better than that of South Africa’s Malcolm Mitchell (271, -17) with his compatriot Jacques Blaauw third on 272 (-16).

Joe Long (England) and South Africa’s Kyle Barker were joint fourth on 273 (-15), with Gerhard Pepler, Stephen Ferreira (Portugal) and James Mack, who led after the third round, joint sixth on 274 (-14 ).

Mack scored 73 shots in the final round, dooming his chances.

Sources: Sunshine Series and BBC