Murray needs a high finish to advance to East Lake. The 23-year-old rookie is one of the youngest players in the field this week, but he’s played like a veteran as of late.
A win at the Barbasol Championship in July started a stretch in which he has three top-25s in six events. That includes a T25 two weeks ago at the Dell Technologies Championship.
His finish at the Dell was destined to be higher as he scored in the 60s in all three rounds only to sputter with a 77 in the third to fall out of contention from the last pairing on Sunday.
Sundays have been his bugaboo this year. He shot a 76 on Sunday at The Northern Trust to plummet to T62. He’s 192nd on Tour in fourth round scoring, 99 spots worse than his second best mark in second rounds. This isn’t too surprising for a rookie, and Murray has at least proven he knows how to finish when given the chance.
He carded a three-under 68, including a 34 on the back nine, to close out his win in Alabama.
Murray also played well in his first major championship, taking 22nd at the PGA Championship a month ago.
This is a tournament where the winner will have to go low, and Murray knows how to do that. He’s 20th on Tour in par breakers. To boot, he’s 12th in distance, meaning his ceiling is as high as almost anyone’s if he’s finding the fairway.
While not a great putter, Murray isn’t abysmal either and will likely see the most growth in this category as he gets another go-around on the PGA Tour tracks.