Despite His 86 Spots Leap, Grayson Murray Once Brutally Dissed OWGR With a Fitting Claim

Published 01/15/2024, 7:16 AM EST

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‘Show me something’ These three motivational words from his caddie, Jay Green, worked wonders for Grayson Murray. The 30-year-old secured his second PGA Tour win at the Sony Open on Monday. He had to defeat Byeong Hun An and Kevin Bradley in a three-man playoff to claim the coveted trophy and a sum of $1.494 million.

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Not only did he win eye-watering money, but he also earned OWGR points. The ‘world-class player’ started the week at 132nd in the OWGR, but after his win, he leaped 86 spots and climbed to 46th position. Even though he climbed dramatically on the ranking, he had only disseminated the Official World Golf Ranking System years before his breakthrough victory.

Grayson Murray’s unfiltered confidence

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Grayson Murray is known for expressing his thoughts openly. In 2022, he had an interview with Garrett Johnson during the 2022 U.S. Open Final Qualifiеr. At that time, he was ranked 548th in the world and had won one victory on the PGA Tour, the 2017 Barbasol Championship.

However, he told him that he felt that he was a good golfer, even though the rankings were not reflecting it yet. The 2x PGA Tour winner said, “I’m playing really good golf and feel like I’m a world-class player, even though my world ranking might not be showing right now.”

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He further revealed that he believes his game is going in the right direction. Indeed, he proved the point after fighting with alcohol addiction and mental health issues. The second win in almost  7 years surely comes as a beacon of hope for Murray, and it has given him the confidence to perform well in the coming events as well. 

Murray’s win is not limited to a whopping jump in OWGR or a hefty paycheck, it comes with many more opportunities for the star golfer. 

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Has Hawaii’s victory changed Murray’s career?

Even though the victory has changed his life literally, it still has offered him many opportunities to compete at big stages.  The American golfer has qualified for the Masters for the first time, along with the Players Championship and the PGA Championship. Apart from that, he will be competing in the seven remaining Signature events on the PGA Tour schedule. 

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He said, “I knew today was not going to change my life; my fiancée changed my life; Jesus Christ changed my life. Today wasn’t going to change my life, but it did change my career a little bit, and I’m excited.” It was his ninth top-10 finish in his last 14 starts, which showed remarkable consistency and form. Murray’s win at the Sony Opеn was a testament to his talent and self-belief.

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