Published on June 02, 2019

Grayson Murray makes final-round charge with 61 but falls short in Rex

Raleigh native Grayson Murray discusses his 61 in the final round of the Rex Hospital Open on June 2, 2019. Murray came from 10 shots behind to take the lead but was later passed by Sebastian Cappelen, who won with a 64.


Grayson Murray played with Chris Baker on Friday at the Rex Hospital Open. The Raleigh native knew what was possible.

Baker had a putt on the last hole for a 59 at the Country Club at Wakefield Plantation. Baker missed it but his 60, a new course record, gave him a lead that the Tour regular maintained Saturday and took into Sunday’s final round.

Murray teed off Sunday 10 groups and 10 shots behind Baker. But by the time his round was done, Murray not only had made up those 10 shots but surged into the lead, firing a 10-under-par 61 to get in at 18-under 266.

“I gave it my all today,” he said after the round. “If it comes up short I’ll still be pleased.”


Professional golfers from around the world travel to The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation every year to participate in the Tour’s REX Hospital Open and vie for their coveted PGA TOUR card. The tournament’s charitable efforts, coupled with its family and fan-friendly environment, attract thousands of golf fans each spring. In 2017 the Rex Healthcare Foundation was named Charity of the Year on the Tour for its community efforts. In the past 32 years, charity golf has raised more than $9 million for patients, programs and services at UNC REX Healthcare.