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“But it’s a massive thing. It’s like


saying each person has to live the same way. We’re all supposed to be in this life for the amazement, that everyone has a unique difference.” Murray is beloved by the tourna-


ment now, but had issues with the PGA Tour early on. Murray began playing the AT&T in 1992, and then-PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman was as intolerant as one of Bart Simpson’s teachers. Beman scolded that Murray’s behavior was “inappropriate, detrimental and will not be tolerated.” “The original Crosby was all about


fun,” Murray said. “As it became more corporate, it became less fun. I had come one year, and I wasn’t coming back again. Honestly, I didn’t have a very good time. I thought I had fun, but I didn’t feel welcome.”


But the late Darius Keaton, founder


of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, had Murray’s back. “He was great and became a won-


derful friend to me,” said Murray. “When the world was turning against me, he was like, ‘Don’t worry, hang in there.’” And Murray has been back ever


since. “There were times when nothing was acceptable,” Murray said. “Somehow what we were doing was a distraction, now it is embraced. It’s kind of funny. You get to kind of laugh at that a bit. Now it’s all OK.” It’s even OK by D.A. Points, who


collected his first PGA Tour win at the 2011 AT&T while playing alongside Murray. Points even credited Murray when he collected his second PGA Tour win at the Houston Open in March.


“He taught me to go ahead and


have fun,” said Points, reflecting on his breakthrough win in 2011, “and in turn, it distracted me from trying so hard. “It made my week playing with Bill,


whether or not I got to hold the trophy.” And that’s a sentiment Murray


always holds on to, no matter how he plays. To some, Murray validated his golf career by winning the Pro-Am portion with Points in 2011. But Murray doesn’t keep track of his rounds by counting his score. “Every year when I play badly,


right in the middle of it, I say, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I’ve got other things I can be doing than playing bad golf,’” said Murray. “But then you make a putt and make people laugh and you think, ‘This isn’t terrible.’”


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