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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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  1. Thomas is Grayson

    Jul 31, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Grayson is that you? You whiney little brat

  2. Avid Golf Fan

    Jul 28, 2021 at 10:20 am

    His comments are consistent with addict behavior and mind set. Good news is he admitted to having a problem. He’s got to take responsibility and act to correct himself.

    It’s not the PGA responsibility. It’s a pro golf tour not a rehabilitation tour. Other professional leagues have programs in hopes of proactive damage control.

    Golf is a individual sport which people who play appreciate it that way.

    Grayson Murray will need to fix his life with or without help same way other PGA pros fix their swing.

    If PGA tour is so horrible do something else.

    • Thomas Steed

      Jul 28, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      You’re an idiot. You have no clue wtf you’re talking about. Go away moron.

  3. Hooded 4-iron!

    Jul 28, 2021 at 10:13 am

    If you’ve got an abuse problem or you can’t deal with the pressure, then man-up and deal with it. If you can’t deal with it, then go do something else. These professional golfers are independent contractors, not W2 employees. Substance abuse is clearly a personal issue, I don’t see how it’s a “TOUR ISSUE.” Pun intended.

  4. Michael Boese

    Jul 27, 2021 at 7:30 am

    PGA does have an issue. There are so many players who’ve struggled with substance abuse. The list is long. It’s one of the few sports where 100% of performance is on the individual and not a team. Lots of pressure.

    • Thomas Steed

      Jul 28, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      You’re an idiot too. Go away

      • Go away Tom

        Jul 31, 2021 at 6:49 pm

        Seems you’re that needs to go away you little troll.

      • Go away Tom

        Jul 31, 2021 at 6:51 pm

        Great contribution. Seems you’re the one that needs to go away you little troll.

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Chamblee: ‘Ian Poulter is the worst ball-striker at the Ryder Cup…by a lot’

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The Ryder Cup gets underway this morning at Whistling Straits, with the foursome pairings announced Thursday evening.

From those fixtures, Brandel Chamblee has questioned the European pairing of Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy, calling the former by far and away the worst ball-striker of the 24 players in Wisconsin.

Speaking on Thursday evening, Chamblee said

“Pairing up Rory McIlroy with Ian Poulter, that’s a gamble. Maybe it pays off. But this is not the same Ian Poulter from 2012 that blitzed the US in that fourth session. 

This is a guy who has only played sparingly over the last couple of Ryder Cups and wasn’t even playing for Europe in 2016. And of the 24 players here, he is the worst ball-striker…by a lot.

While raising his doubts, Chamblee did concede that the Englishman is an excellent putter with the ability to stun at this year’s Ryder Cup. However, the Golf Channel analyst brought up the last time Poulter and Mcilroy teamed up back in 2018 in Paris, where they were defeated 4&3 by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

“This is a beefed up golf course. Now, he’s a fabulous putter. We know he can stun. But that’s a bit of a surprise. 

And the last time that duet went out, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, was the last team event in the fourth session in Paris and they got run over by Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, incidentally in foursomes play as well.”

Poulter and McIlroy went 1-1 when teamed up together in Paris, and while Chamblee’s comments may upset many fans of Team Europe, Poulter did finish the 2020/21 PGA Tour season ranked 180th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking. 

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Symetra Tour pro’s clubs stolen, South Bend community rallies around her

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Symetra Tour pro, Natalie Sheary, was the victim of a particularly unlikely misfortune when her clubs were stolen out of the back of her car during the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

As first reported by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, Sheary had left her clubs in the back of her Nissan Armada during a late dinner. The next morning, she discovered that her window had been smashed and her clubs and tour bag were gone.

Per the report, first, Sheary called her insurance company, State Farm, who told her to buy replacement clubs and save all the receipts. Callaway was unable to get her anything in time, but Edel Golf created and shipped her three wedges overnight. Sheary was forced to to cobble together the rest of her set through Dick’s Sporting Goods and extra clubs from other generous Symetra Tour pros. Sheary received a driver from UPS just eight minutes before her tee time.

While Sheary unfortunately missed the cut, it was an admirable showing from the South Bend community. Members of the South Bend Country Club brought her extra clubs to the course, a local pawn shop owner sold her replacements, and fellow Symetra players helped her duct tape the back window of her car with sheets of black plastic. She was able to park her car inside a volunteer during the tournament, and SafeLite arranged to fix her window.

Life on the Symetra Tour is not easy, and Sheary has used GoFundMe to help pay for Q-School and the all the costs of travel. On top of this, Sheary also gives lessons and caddies during the offseason. While this served as another obstacle for the 32-year old Wake Forest grad, Sheary remained optimistic. “I was able to leave with a smile on my face,” Sheary said of her tumultuous experience at the Four Winds Invitational.

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Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

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The Ryder Cup is often a highly charged competition, but Sergio Garcia’s American wife, Angela Akins, has fired a warning at those fans who cross the line at Whistling Straits this weekend.

Speaking to CNN, Akins revealed that back in 2016, she took umbrage with a group of fans who were directing “horrible” things at her husband:

“It went too far at Hazeltine when I was following Sergio, and I ended up having a go at a group of guys who were barracking him. I said to them: ‘I’m here supporting the European team, I’m an American, and you’re embarrassing me’. The people around us joined in and said; ‘Yeah you’re embarrassing us too!”

Akins continued

“I said to the guys, ‘I want to see American fans being better than that,’ and they said okay, then later on they saw me. They’d figured out who I was, and they came over and gave me a hug and apologized.”

The American will be cheering on the European side once again this week at Whistling Straits and is hoping that the crowd leaves the insults at the door: “I understand cheering for your team but let’s leave the insults out.”

Akins’ husband, Sergio Garcia, is the record points scorer in the biennial competition (25.5 points) and will be looking to add to that total when the event gets underway this Friday.

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