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Controversial pro golfer returns to Twitter and immediately offends everyone

PGA Tour player Grayson Murray has made a name for himself off the course as much as he has on it. His outspokenness on Twitter has led to a variety of controversies, eventually resulting in Murray giving up the platform earlier this year.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner has a well-written profile about Murray (trust me, it’s worth your time), in which he recaps his history of controversial tweets:

He lamented that so many of his peers were “boring” on social media. He asked Playboy model Lindsey Pelas if she would caddie for him in the Par 3 Contest if he qualified for the Masters. (Pelas agreed, but Murray didn’t earn a spot.) And he started a Twitter war with some European Tour players after suggesting that playing overseas would boost his world ranking faster. After those tweets nearly caused an international incident, Murray texted his agent, Kevin Canning, and told him to change his password so he couldn’t access his account. “But I cracked back in again,” he said with a mischievous smile.

Not for long, because in April, Murray sent a creepy tweet to a high school student that got picked up worldwide. (“Idk but I hate the fact you are in high school. You are pretty.”) He finally had enough of Twitter in May, deactivating his account following a heated, mid-round confrontation with his caddie and close family friend, Mike Hicks, at the Wells Fargo Championship.

His Twitter account lay dormant for about four months until Murray announced his return over the weekend.

And — SHOCKER! — it didn’t take long for a social media controversy to erupt, prompted by Murray’s unprompted shot at the Champions Tour. Golf.com has screengrabs of the since-deleted tweets, which read:

“Does anyone really care is the real question…These guys were relevant 10 plus years ago.”

Followed by:

“You will never see Phil, Tiger, Furyk ever play on it! The tour subsidizes it every year. Loses a lot of money.”

A number of golfers hit back at the comments:

Before Murray himself apologized for the “disrespectful” remarks.