Grayson Murray emerges as champion of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Simmons Bank Open, benefiting the Snedeker Foundation

Grayson Murray claimed the third Korn Ferry Tour title of his career Sunday when he won the Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation at The Grove.

Murray, 29, of Raleigh, North Carolina, posted a 17-under 271 for a three-stroke victory over Mason Andersen, Jamie Lovemark and his high school golf teammate Carter Jenkins. Murray earned $270,000.

The win secured Murray’s spot in the top 30 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, which will be finalized after next month’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship, and improve his PGA Tour status for the 2024 season. Murray is at No. 6 right now and will have a chance at the No. 1 spot across the next two events, which provides fully exempt Tour status in 2024 and secures eligibility for The Players Championship and the U.S. Open.

Grayson Murray and PGA pro Brandt Snedeker show off the $270,000 check Murray eanred for winning the Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation at The Grove Sunday.

“This is what we live for,” Murray said. “I didn’t see myself in this position, but you can always work hard and follow your goals, and that’s what I did. It’s just a testament to a lot of hard work. I think the pedal still needs to be down. You can’t let your guard down in this game, ever. You’ve got to ride it while you’re hot, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Murray played well throughout the 72-hole tournament. A rare exception was a double bogey at the par-4 16th hole in Saturday’s third round, but he finished par-birdie to stay within one stroke of the lead into the final round.

He made seven birdies in his final 12 holes Sunday to pull away from the field, carding a final-round, 6-under 66. He finished with a flourish, draining long-range birdies from outside 20 feet on Nos. 17 and 18.

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Murray also won the AdventHealth Championship in Kansas City earlier this year, snapping a nearly six-year victory drought in Tour-sanctioned competition. With Sunday’s win, he joined Chan Kim, Ben Kohles and Pierceson Coody as two-time Korn Ferry Tour winners this season.

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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Grayson Murray wins Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation

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