Grayson Murray is known for running hot on Twitter. But on Sunday at the U.S. Open, the 28-year-old pro had a real-life meltdown — and no golf club was safe from his wrath.
In the span of a few holes, Peacock/USA Network/NBC viewers watched in horror as Murray punctuated a snowman by flinging his putter as he walked off the green and proceeded to snap an iron like a twig when his approach found the Country Club’s graduated rough.
Sandwiched between the two tantrums was a triple bogey, plummeting Murray down the leaderboard. Eager to pile on a player who has made himself a frequent target of Twitter snark, several users arrived simultaneously at the same joke: at the rate he was going, Murray was in danger of breaking the 14-club rule.
“Yoooo,” announcer Steve Sands said after the putter throw. “Hello. Frustration there, coming out of Grayson Murray. U.S. Open is a very, very difficult task. But it’s made worse when you’re letting it get to you like that.”
Grayson Murray is not happy with his golf clubs.pic.twitter.com/ZTvjcOuzbn
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) June 19, 2022
Broadcasters were a little more sympathetic to Murray’s plight. After all, this was the final round of the U.S. Open, and four days of frustration can come to a simmer.
Grayson Murray is straight up NOT having a good time at the US Open
He threw his putter earlier, now he’s snapped one of clubs@NoLayingUp pic.twitter.com/p8ZvwRm7PU
— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) June 19, 2022
“That’s what a U.S. Open can do to you,” analyst Justin Leonard said after Murray tested his iron’s durability.
For all his struggles on Sunday, Murray still managed to upstage his longtime foil, Kevin Na, by making the cut. He shot an 80 in the final round to finish in solo 63rd, netting him a $36,843 share of the largest purse in major championship history.
“Will never apologize for wearing my emotions on my sleeve,” Murray tweeted Sunday night. “U.S. Opens are brutal. If this offends you, it’s your problem.”
will never apologize for wearing my emotions on my sleeve. US Opens are brutal. If this offends you it’s your problem. pic.twitter.com/SQQPrHM6Al
— Grayson Murray (@GraysonMurray) June 20, 2022