McIlroy calls for kindness after ‘incredibly sad’ Murray death           

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray took his own life on May 25, a day after he withdrew from his second round at the Charles Schwab Challenge; Rory McIlroy reflected on Murray’s death and challenges facing professional athletes ahead of the RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy paid tribute to two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray ahead of the RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy believes the death of two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray has highlighted how “vulnerable and fragile” top sports stars can be.

Murray withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge last week with two holes remaining of Friday’s second round and was found inside a residence in Palm Beach Gardens around 11am on Saturday, according to local police.

In a statement released on Sunday, his parents said Murray had taken his own life. The 30-year-old had been open about his battles with anxiety and depression and revealed in January that he had sought treatment in the past few years for alcohol abuse, but had been sober for several months.

Speaking in January after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, Murray was open about struggles with his mental health

“It’s incredibly sad, first and foremost, and we’re all thinking of Grayson’s family and hoping that they’re doing okay and getting through this incredibly tough period,” McIlroy said ahead of the RBC Canadian Open.

“It’s cliché, but it puts everything in perspective. At the end of the day golf is golf and, yeah, we play it for a living, but it pales in comparison to the things that actually matter in life.

PGA Tour golfer Murray died aged 30, just one day after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge

“I’ve had to realise that at times and I’m still sort of working my way through that in terms of not making golf the be-all and end-all for me. I think it slaps you in the face when something like that happens last week.

“It’s incredibly sad and everyone has to remember out here that we go out and we do things that a lot of people can’t, but at the end of the day we’re still human beings and we’re vulnerable and we’re fragile, and I think if there’s a lesson for anyone out there it’s just to be kinder to each other.”

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