Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died in his hotel room on the Chinese resort island of Hainan on Sunday, April 7, Sanya Championship officials have confirmed. He was 28.
As for how he passed away, officials say he died from "apparent natural causes." His death forced has the PGA Tour Series-China to cancel the final round of the tournament.
Irawan reportedly missed the 36-hole cut on Friday, April 5, in the tournament at Sanya Yalong Bay Golf Club.
The Asian Tour is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Arie Irawan, who was one of Malaysia’s and the region’s most promising talents.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Arie during this difficult period. pic.twitter.com/bawVbJlL9g
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) April 7, 2019
The PGA Tour and the China Golf Association released a joint statement to pay tribute to the late sportsman.
Sharing sincere condolences with his family, the tour wrote in the statement,
The PGA Tour and the China Golf Association grieve at this loss of one of our members and share sincere condolences with Arie's wife, Marina, and his parents, Ahmad and Jeny. When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve at the same time.
The statement continued,
Out of respect for the family, officials canceled the final round of the Sanya Championship ... it's a true tragedy what has happened. Sometimes, though, things happen in life that are bigger than a sporting event.
Trevor Sluman, of America, who led after 54 holes with an 18-under total of 198, was declared the winner of the tournament.
Irawan is survived by his wife Marina, and his parents, Ahmad and Jeny. Funeral services for the late golfer will be announced in the coming days.
Rest In Peace Arie Irawan!
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