Quick facts: Grayson MurrayMay 23, 2010
Jeff Adams, PGA TOUR Staff
Like the PGA TOUR with Jordan Speith this week in Dallas, the Nationwide Tour also has a 16-year-old high school golfer who made the cut in The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. -- Grayson Murray.
Below are a few bullet points on Grayson and what he's done this week:
• He is a sophomore at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. He shot rounds of 73-66--139 to make the 36-hole cut at TPC Wakefield Plantation on the number. He birdied five of his last seven holes on Friday to do so.
• He added a one-over-par 72 on Saturday and is T55 through three rounds.
• At the age of 16 years, 7 months and 20 days, he is the second youngest to make a cut in Nationwide Tour history.
• The youngest was Gipper Finau, 16 years, 20 days, at the 2006 Utah EnergySolutions Championship.
• Murray is the fifth youngest to play in a Nationwide Tour event.
• He was given a sponsor's exemption after winning The Rex Hospital Junior Invitational last weekend. It was a 36-hole tournament. He beat a field of 88 high school boys and 12 girls from North Carolina.
• He is the top-rated high school player in the class of 2012 nationally and is bound for Wake Forest University on the Arnold Palmer Scholarship.
• He has the same coach, Ted Kiegiel, as PGA TOUR player and former Wake Forest star Webb Simpson.
Quotes following Friday's Round:
"I wanted to be the first junior to make the cut (at The Rex Hospital Open). That's a great honor to have.
"I knew I could do it starting the day, even though I was 2-over. I was still confident with my game. Luckily, I played well.
"When I 3-putted on 11 I was disgusted with myself. I told my caddie I was going to birdie out. I was 2 short of that."