Malaysian golfer dies in hotel room

Source:AFP Published: 2019/4/7 20:43:39

Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died of "apparent natural causes" on Sunday in his hotel room on the Chinese resort island of Hainan, the 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 coroner's report had not been completed, the statement said.

Trevor Sluman, who shot a third-round six-under 66 to take a two-shot lead on Saturday, was declared the champion and his victory will count as an official PGA Tour Series-China win.

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.

He married Marina Malek in May and she sometimes worked as his caddie, even if Arie admitted that she did not know much about golf.

"If I make a bad score she will say 'it is OK, it is OK,'" he told Malaysia's The Star newspaper last year.

"She keeps me calm, relaxed and happy so I just go out there and play golf. That helps me a lot. She has always been there for me through the bad and good times." 



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