Once highly regarded, Raleigh golfer still chasing PGA dream

Raleigh native Grayson Murray is still chasing his dream of reaching the PGA Tour.

“Keep grinding and keep working hard,” said Murray on his strategy to make it to golf’s highest level. “I have to be just be ready for the opportunities that I do get.”

In a month, Murray will tee it up at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh. It’s just another step in his professional career.

“At this level you’re just out there to make a name for yourself as a pro,” Murray admitted.

Ten years ago, the golfing world knew Grayson Murray’s name. He was the number one ranked golfer in the world in his age group.

Murray, who went to Leesville Road High School, is just one of three golfers to ever win three straight Calloway Junior Championships. Tiger Woods did as well.

But somewhere along the line, others began to catch up with him. His golf game seemed to level out. Suddenly wins were hard to come by.

“There were times where you see kids you know you’re better than and they’re beating you, constantly beating you,” said Murray shaking his head.

“And you’re like, man this isn’t supposed to happen,” Murray said. “I’m more talented than you. I used to beat you all the time. What’s going on?”

Murray, who started his college career at Wake Forest before transferring to Arizona State, feels now he’s got his golf game in order as he returns to Wakefield Plantation. Six years ago as a 16 year old, Murray became the second youngest player to ever make the cut in a Web.com Tour event.

This time he’s hoping to take it a step further.

“I mean you can be sitting here right now having no status and in a month, I could be the Rex Hospital Open winner and on my way to the PGA Tour,” Murray said. “I mean it’s just a fine line and you have to be ready.”

Ready to once again beat the guys he used to defeat when he was on top of the world.

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