Grayson Murray reported out of Butterfield Bermuda Championship after ‘serious’ bike crash
The field for the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship is set to change after it was reported last night that American professional golfer Grayson Murray was involved in a bike crash on the island’s perilous roads.
Glenn Jones, the former Bermuda Tourism Authority interim chief executive who now works in television for NBC in Boston, tweeted from his official handle that Murray, a 29-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, was “seriously injured in [a] rental scooter accident” and was likely out of the tournament.
He reported Murray’s caddie was also injured in an afternoon crash that appears to have occurred on South Road in Paget, near the junction with Harvey Road.
The Bermuda Police Service confirmed a three-vehicle collision, which involved two rental scooters and a car, happened at about 4.40pm.
“Two visiting men were hurt and transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment,” a police spokesman said. “Each was riding a separate rental scooter at the time of the collision.
“One of the men is understood to have sustained injuries to his arms and legs, while the other is understood to have sustained injuries to his hands. Both visitors are in Bermuda for the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship golf tournament.”
Inquiries continue regarding the circumstances of this collision and any witnesses are encouraged to call 211.
Murray was a child prodigy, winning three straight Callaway Junior Championships, and as a 14-year-old was the top-ranked golfer nationally in his age group.
He turned professional in 2015 and has one PGA Tour victory, the 2017 Barbasol Championship.
No longer inside the top 300 in the world rankings, his best finish in a major is tied 22nd in the 2017 PGA Championship, with his best recent performance on the PGA Tour third in the Puerto Rico Open in February 2021.
He created quite the sensation in the final round of the US Open at Brookline, Massachusetts, this year when he threw away his putter, tomahawk-style, after making quadruple bogey on the 7th hole.
Three holes later, 15 over for the tournament and well out of contention, he snapped an iron in half over his knee after badly hooking an approach to the green.
He finished 63rd in a tournament won by Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who made his debut in Bermuda last year.
Officials at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship have been contacted for comment.
The tournament begins in earnest tomorrow at Port Royal Golf Course and continues until Sunday.
Kim Swan, Jarryd Dillas, Michael Sims and Nicholas Jones are the Bermudians in the 132-strong field, which will play for $6.5 million in prize money.