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Thursday
Mar302017

Meet The PGA Tour’s Biggest Social Media Point-Misser To Date: Grayson Murray

Golf has been very fortunate to have players use social media largely for the purposes of highlighting sponsorships, thanking tournaments and sharing little glimpses into the life of a tour pro. The LPGA's players were ahead of the curve and remain so, while PGA Tour players have caught up in some regards.

So while I saw some of the chatter on my feed, it wasn't until G.C. Digital put together the musings of Grayson Murray, world no. 155, that I realized we have our first Grade A, All-Conference PGA Tour Social Media Point Misser.

Though Murray's vowed to take a leave from Twitter following the hate he received for questioning the world ranking standing of foreign players--even when one made the semi-finals of the WGC Dell Match Play--Murray inexplicably crossed a line I never thought I'd see a player cross: his idea of a jab back at Ben An was to question the path he took to the tour, even though An is exactly 100 places higher on the world ranking list and certainly far more accomplished as the youngest U.S. Amateur winner...ever. 

Here is the full list of offending Tweets, which ends with a profession of love for the President.

And An's reply:

I'm not a fan of the PGA Tour fining players for merely being ignorant, nor do I support the secrecy of fines. However, Murray's disrespect for his peers and general need for attention certainly warrants a deduction from his PGA Tour account, or however that works. Though given his missed cut streak, there may not be sufficient funds. At least he opened with a nice round in Houston!

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The best part is how he ends his twitter storm with a non-sequitor in the form of a shout out to Donald Trump and #MAGA

My take is he's just being a troll. It's a lifestyle these days....

SAD!
Proof yet again that Twitter is for Twits
03.30.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
He sounds like a well adjusted and intelligent fella. Why....a quick Wikipedia reference reveals that he attended school at Wake Forest. And East Carolina University. And UNC-Greensboro. And ASU.

But his insight via Twitter is what really sets this guy apart.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
This guy really gives credence to the old adage, "Never trust a man with a last name for a first name."
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPat(another one)
People think because PC is out of fashion that its license to be an ars.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Well why didn't he lead with the Trump support -- makes a lot more sense now.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
Pat,
I think his first name may be the problem. Or common demoninator
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
In one of the tweets, now removed, Mr Murray was clearly racist, mocking Byeong Hun An about his name. It went something like "how do you even pronounce your name?". Frankly, for a fellow tour member to go down this route brings the game and the Tour into disrepute. In any other sport that gets sanctioned. Anyway, the reference to MAGA and POTUS, I guess confirms all the fears about the current atmosphere in the USA.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFT
Actually Don, I would argue PC has gone so far that it's shut down people being willing to call out d-baggery. After all, don't "we all deserve a voice?" The moral equivalency that just because someone exists means their opinions are as valid as any others is pretty much the root of PC.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPat(another one)
Drew, thanks for that. It was a trip.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPat(another one)
Ignoring for a second the fact that he is almost certainly correct (statistical analysis shows that the Web.com events are under ranked compared to most foreign events for World Ranking Points), is there really a problem with him grousing about it? I don't have a problem with him grousing about it any more than I wouldn't have a problem with a foreign player grousing about World Ranking Points assigned to Web.com or alternate PGA Tour events, or the fact that most WGC's and majors are played in the US, etc.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterL Hand
Pat,
Blame PC for being too strong a medicine now but the real problem was that people had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a more egalitarian society.

But it's the nature of things. I've recently heard the news that I shouldn't say "crazy" anymore out of respect for the insane. I may make my stand on this, but I'm sure I'll be on the wrong side of history eventually. :)
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Used to be you let your clubs do the talking. Now there's Twitter. Sigh
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBuck
Definition of irony.
Geoff giving a pro grief about taking pot shots on Other pros
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSmugprius
Love to see these guys play a match. Likely not many putts conceded. I wonder if the discussion would happen if they were across a table from each other...
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
How many Tour events has this guy won?

OK, thanks.
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
If you have spent time around the Raleigh junior/am golf scene, you would well know that this is who Grayson has been for a long time. Absurdly talented kid..but his head just is not quite right for this level of competition.

From the 2014 Southern AM:
Grayson Murray, who owned the first-round lead and shared the second-round lead with Hossler, had enough after 16 holes and a tee shot Friday.

He quit.

Murray, who is transferring to Arizona State from Wake Forest, missed a short putt on the first hole and never recovered. He made nine bogeys in the 16 holes he completed and birdied four.

Following three straight bogeys, he pushed a tee shot on the par-5 17th to the right and into tall grass. About 20 spectators helped him look for the ball. Before his five minutes expired, he announced that he was done. He told Hossler, "Good luck." Then Murray zipped up his bag, speed-walked across the 18th fairway and fled to his car.

"He's done stuff like that before," said Cone, a fellow North Carolina resident. "At this point, at his age, you'd think he'd be a little smarter than that. That's not the right thing to do."
03.31.2017 | Unregistered Commentercw
"We find a persistent, large and statistically significant bias in the OWGR rankings against PGA Tour golfers; a golfer of a given estimated SBSE skill level, or a given Sagarin rank, is likely to be penalized in the OWGR rankings for playing events on the PGA tour and rewarded for playing elsewhere. These findings are important, because OWGR rankings determine, in part, eligibility to play in major tournaments, World Golf Championships and other events."

http://www.columbia.edu/~mnb2/broadie/Assets/owgr_20120507_broadie_rendleman.pdf
03.31.2017 | Unregistered CommenterUris Deli

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