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Arie Irawan made his PGA TOUR Series-China debut in 2016. © Courtesy of Zhuang Liu

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Malaysian golfer passes away at Sanya tournament hotel

Date : 08 Apr 2019

Sanya, China, April 8, 2019: Malaysian professional golfer Arie Irawan died on Sunday morning, April 7, at his hotel with early indications his death was from natural causes, PGATOUR.com reports.

Irawan, 28, was in Sanya competing in the PGA TOUR Series-China’s Sanya Championship, where he missed the 36-hole cut but had remained on site.

Irawan was staying at the Sheraton Sanya Resort across the street from Yalong Bay Golf Club. His roommate, American Kevin Techakanokboon, noticed Irawan was unresponsive in his bed. After 45 minutes of continued revival efforts, medical personnel pronounced him dead.

“This is just a terrible tragedy that affects all of us who are part of a very tight-knit family here in China,” said Greg Carlson, PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director.

“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.”

Irawan, a native of Kuala Lumpur, made his PGA TOUR Series-China debut in 2016, at the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong.

As a teenager, Irawan left Malaysia to attend the University of Tulsa on a golf scholarship, in 2008. He turned pro in 2013 and returned to Asia to pursue a professional golf career.

Irawan is survived by his wife, Marina, his parents, Ahmad and Jeny, and his sister, Wan Edna. Memorial services are pending.

Source: https://www.pgatour.com

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