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Grayson Murray speaks out on alcoholism, PGA Tour’s role in helping those with substance abuse issues (Tour responds)

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In a lengthy social media post over the weekend, professional golfer Grayson Murray spoke candidly about his own battle with alcoholism and his corresponding frustration with the PGA Tour’s role, or lack thereof, in helping those with substance abuse issues.

After withdrawing from the 3M Open on Friday, Murray admitted that “he hates everything that has to do with PGA Tour life,” and stated the Tour has not once reached out to offer any “advice or help with how to deal with the life of becoming a PGA Tour pro.”

The PGA Tour responded to GOLF.com’s request for comment regarding Murray’s tweet with the following statement

“We can unequivocally say that the PGA Tour is a family, and when a member of that family needs help, we are there for him. That has been the case here and will continue to be.”

Many fans and PGA Tour pros, including Phil Mickelson, offered their support in response to his tweet.

Grayson Murray turned professional in 2015 and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2017 season. In July of 2017, he earned his first PGA Tour win at the Barbasol Championship. This season has been a more difficult proposition, as Murray has missed his last seven cuts.

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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