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Golfer Irawan dies aged 28 during tournament in China

Professional golfer Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi died in his hotel in Hainan where he was competing in the Sanya Championship for the second event of the 2019 PGA TOUR Series-China. ― Bernama pic Malaysia pro-golfer dies in China, final round of tournament cancelled
Shannon Reynolds | 10 April, 2019, 11:59

In January 2015, he won his first Official World Golf Ranking points event at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on the Asian Development Tour and with it, Irawan became the highest ranked Malaysian golfer in the world rankings Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in a Twitter post said that he would asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help in bringing home Arie's body.

Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died in his hotel room aged 28 while competing at a tournament in China, with "early indications" suggesting it was due to natural causes.

Irawan was playing the PGA Tour Series-China's Sanya Championship, where he missed the cut but remained at the Sheraton Sanya Resort across from Yalong Bay Golf Club.

"When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve together".

Officials cancelled the final round of the tournament, making it a 54-hole event, out of respect to the family, officials confirmed.

Irawan's death appears to be from natural causes, but a coroner's report has not yet been completed, PGATour.com reported.

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Arie Irawan was found not long after missing the cut at the Sanya Championship on the Chinese island of Hainan.

"We are greatly saddened to have to report the news that a member of the PGA TOUR Series-China family, Arie Irawan of Malaysia, passed away this morning".

Later, local emergency services arrived but after 45 minutes of trying to revive Irawan, he was pronounced dead.

Our deepest condolences are with Irawan's family during this incredibly hard time. The 28-year-old Kuala Lumpur native, who attended the University of Tulsa on a golf scholarship and turned pro in 2013, is survived by his wife, who often caddied for him.

Continued Carlson further, "He was just an incredibly popular player, well-liked by fellow players and staff". "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".

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