By now in the course of his rookie campaign on the PGA Tour, you know and love (or hate) him: the Twitter phenomenon that is Grayson Murray.
Murray started off strong at the Wells Fargo Championship last week and was in the mix with an opening-round 67. Things went south from there for the outspoken North Carolinian, as he closed with three over-par rounds to finish tied for 63rd.
Not good, to be sure, but the scorecard fails to tell the full story. Murray hit bottom midway through his final round when he and veteran caddie Mike Hicks got into a tiff on the ninth hole. Hicks, a stalwart on the Tour and caddie for Payne Stewart during his legendary 1999 U.S. Open win, was having none of it. It’s unclear whether Murray gave Hicks his marching orders or the looper simply marched of his own accord, but he marched nevertheless.
One of Murray’s friends picked up the bag for the remainder of his final-round 76. He’s now made seven of 15 cuts this season with just one top-10 finish and sits 129th in the FedExCup standings.
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For his many detractors and the troll army he battles, Murray’s behavior is drawing predictable ire. He may be more concerned (or not), however, with how his actions play with his peers. Showing disrespect for a veteran caddie isn’t going to win him any friends, particularly when his fellow pros likely already think he ought pursue the virtue of silence.
Prolific Twitterer that he is, Murray has been mum on the matter. Only retweeting the following related to the incident.
— Grayson Murray (@GraysonMurray) May 8, 2017
Here’s the thing, going back-and-forth with Byeong Hun An on Twitter about OWGR points, lamenting the lameness of many of his colleagues on social media and clapping back at trolls are one thing. But on-course dust-ups with caddies are another, both in the realm of popular perception and in the eyes of his peers.
If Murray wants to be known as something other than a brat prince on the PGA Tour, he’ll want to pursue the combination of playing better and waging war less. But from the perspective of the peanut gallery, we’d be just as happy to see him go down in flames.