Pro golfer found dead in hotel room, prompting PGA Tour China to cancel final round
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Pro golfer found dead in hotel room, prompting PGA Tour China to cancel final round

Arie Irawan, a 28-year-old professional golfer from Malaysia, was found dead in his hotel room before the Sunday final round of PGA Tour China's Sanya Championship event on Hainan Island.

After learning of Irawan's death, the tour chose to cancel the final round of the event. Irawan had missed the 36-hole cut on Friday.

"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," read a statement from PGA Tour China. "Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Irawan appears to have died from natural causes, but a coroner's report has not been completed and released.

The Malaysia native turned pro in 2013, winning four times in total, including twice on the Asian Development Tour in 2015 and the Professional Golf Tour of Malaysia. He reached a peak in the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 294 in the world.

In 2016, a severe moped accident sidetracked his career. He was married to his wife, Marina, in May 2018, and the pair would often travel together with Marina frequently caddying for her husband.

Irawan was making his fourth start of 2019 and his fourth in five weeks.

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