Malaysian golfer dies in hotel room in China


HONG KONG • Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died of “apparent natural causes” yesterday in his hotel room on the Chinese resort island of Hainan, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour said in a statement. He was 28.

Arie, who turned professional in 2013 and won two events on the Asian Development Tour in 2015, had missed the halfway cut at the Sanya Championship, the second event on the PGA Tour China Series.

“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,” the PGA Tour statement added.

“When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve at the same time. Out of respect for the family, officials cancelled the final round of the Sanya Championship, the tournament becoming a 54-hole event.”

The coroner’s report has not been completed, the statement said. Arie’s golf career was interrupted in 2016 when he was involved in an accident on a moped and sidelined for several months. He was ranked 1,366th in the world last week. — Reuters