April 08, 2019
The final round of the PGA Tour Series-China Sanya Championship on Sunday was cancelled after Malaysian pro-golfer Arie Irawan was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 28.
The PGA Tour Series-China revealed on Sunday that Malaysian golfer Ari Irawan passed away before the final round of the PGA Tour Series-China Sanya Championship.
While he had not made the tournament's 36-hole cut he "had remained on-site" at a hotel across the street from the Sanya Yalong Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
The statement went on to reveal that Irawan's roommate, Kevin Techakanokboon, noticed that the Malaysian golfer was unresponsive in his bed.
He called Thai player Gunn Charoenkul and an American, Shotaro Ban, to the room where Ban tried to perform CPR.
Local medical personnel arrived on the scene shortly after and pronounced Irawan dead "after 45 minutes of continued revival efforts."
Early indications ruled the cause of death as natural however the tour has maintained that "the coroner has not completed his report."
"This is just a terrible tragedy that affects all of us who are part of a very tight-knit family here in China," tour executive director Greg Carlson said in a statement. “Arie played with us in 2018, his first full year on our Tour, and I know he was excited about this season as he continued his professional golf pursuits. We are incredibly saddened by this news, and we extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family.”
American Trevor Sluman who was declared the tournament winner after the final round was cancelled said:
"My heart goes out to Arie's family and his beautiful wife, Marina. Along with the rest of the tour, we are thinking about them at this time. It's very bittersweet today, and I think the rest of the year will be dedicated to Arie and the impact he had on this tour."
Irawan played college golf while studying for his degree in management information systems at the University of Tulsa.
He decided to go pro in 2013, joining the Asian Development Tour and winning two events in 2015. He also won the Asian Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia as well as the PGA Tour Series-China.