July 24, 2017: On the same day Jordan Spieth (who turns 24 this week) won The Open, Grayson Murray won his first PGA TOUR event by capturing the Barbasol Championship at the RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National. India’s Arjun Atwal finished at T35 after scoring one-under-par 70.
Arjun started his final round with a bogey at the very first hole continued with a double bogey at the seventh and finished with another at the last and 18th hole. He slipped 15 spots on the leader board though he added five birdies to his last round score of one-under 70.
“It’s impressive,” Murray said. “There’s probably another dozen or 20 that could win it next week. Bryson (DeChambeau) won last week, Xander (Schauffele) won the week before, Jordan wins the Open today. Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, Rickie (Fowler). Although Rickie’s kind of old compared to us.”
Berger, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic, is already 24, as is Justin Thomas, who most recently won the Sony Open. Schauffele, who won the Greenbrier Classic, will turn 24 in October, a month after DeChambeau and two months after Spieth. A youth movement that started in 1993 seems to be taking over the PGA Tour.
“I guess it just means we’re more prepared coming out of school,” Murray said. “We’re not afraid. I think when you see the success Jordan has had – he’s about to be 24 and he had his 11th win today on TOUR, three majors – that makes a lot of 22, 23-year-olds less scared, I think, because he’s done it all.
“But I don’t compare myself to any of those guys because we’re all on a different timetable. Hopefully, I’ll get to 11 (wins) sooner rather than later but right now I’m taking it one step at a time.”
Murray won in just his 24th start with a one-stroke victory over Chad Collins. The North Carolina native, who competed on the Web.com Tour last year, finished with a 21-under-par 263, a tournament record.