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Grayson Murray still has PGA aspirations

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The 20-year-old failed to qualify for the U.S. Open and didn't make the REX Open field. The 20-year-old failed to qualify for the U.S. Open and didn't make the REX Open field.

Former Leesville Road High School golfer Grayson Murray's summer didn't exactly get off to a flying start.

"I missed the U.S. Open this year, so, not a good start," Murray said. "But I'm excited about where my game is headed. I just got to stay in it mentally, I don't think I'm tough enough right now on the course."

The 20-year-old failed to qualify for the U.S. Open and didn't make the REX Open field.

Not long ago, he was the nation's top ranked player in his age group, an up and comer destined for stardom.

Murray had a tremendous golf career in junior golf events. In 2010, he won the REX Hospital Open Junior Invitational and was the second youngest competitor to make the cut at a Nationwide Tour event.

But most recently, Murray has struggled with his game and his overall outlook on life.

Murray has been under the microscope for years, but is not about to use that as an excuse.

"No, it's not tough at all," Murray said. "It's a good thing if you have these distractions it means you're playing well, people care about you.

Murray said you’ll get more attention the better you play.

Murray thought by now he would be one of those guys making it big. Murray is one of only three players, along with Tiger Woods, to ever win three straight Calloway World Championships.

At one time, he shot for the stars.

"I just want to be the best that I can be," Murray said, "beat Tiger Woods' records and be on tour and be someone other kids look up to."

Those goals are still attainable, despite the fact that Murray's game has seemed to level off. But this one time golf phenom is hopeful he can recapture the magic of his early years.

"I don't think I give myself enough credit. I think I'm too hard on myself sometimes," Murray said. "I think I have too high of expectations for myself, I need to come back to reality a little bit and know that I'm a good player and just believe in myself is the main thing."

Murray said he's now found a home. He'll play this year at Arizona State, his fourth college in the past three years.

"I expect to be on the PGA Tour in five years," Murray said. "There's different ways of getting there. A lot of guys pay their dues and I know it's not going to be easy for me, but I'll just keep plugging away."

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