28-year-old professional golfer Arie Irawan found dead at tournament

  • Officials at China's Sanya Championship announced that 28-year-old Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan has died.
  • The final round of the tournament was reportedly canceled after Irawan was found dead in his hotel room, according to the Associated Press.
  • Irawan had been pro since 2013, when he moved back to Asia after college to pursue his career.
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Officials at China's Sanya Championship reportedly canceled the final round of the tournament Sunday after 28-year-old Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died in his hotel room.

The PGA Tour Series-China said in a statement that the official coroner’s report had not been completed but Irawan appeared to have died of "natural causes" within a day after he missed the 36-hole cut-off in the tournament, according to the Associated Press.

"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 league said in a statement. "When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve at the same time."

A memorial page on the PGA's website said that Irawan's roommate, American golfer Kevin Techakanokboon, noticed Irawan was unresponsive in his bed at the Sheraton Sanya Resort, near Yalong Bay Golf Club.

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MACAU - OCTOBER 22: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during round four of the Macao Open at Macau Golf and Country Club on October 22, 2017 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 08: Arie Irawan of Malaysia plays a shot during practice for the Resorts World Manila Masters at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club on November 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
RAYONG, THAILAND - JANUARY 10: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during round one of the 2018 Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Rayong Green Valley Country Club on January 10, 2018 in Rayong, Thailand. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 16: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during the pro-am ahead of the 2017 Thailand Open at the Thai Country Club on May 16, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
MACAU - OCTOBER 22: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during round four of the Macao Open at Macau Golf and Country Club on October 22, 2017 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during Day One of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club on February 9, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during round two of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club on February 10, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Arie Irawan of Malaysia in action during Day One of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club on February 9, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Arie Irawan of Malaysia tees off during the first round of the 2017 Maybank Malaysia Championship golf tournament at Saujana Golf and Country Club outside Kuala Lumpur on February 9, 2017. (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Arie Irawan of Malaysia lines up a putt during Day One of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Saujana Golf Club on February 9, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - JANUARY 12: Arie Irawan of Malaysia during the second round of Asian Tour Qualifying School at Suvarnabhumi Golf & Country Club on January 12, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 4: Ahmadfauzi Muhammad arie irawan of Malaysia in action during the Clearwater Bay Open as part of the PGA Tour China at the The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club on 04 November 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 30: Arie Irawan of Malaysia plays a shot during round two of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on October 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Khalid Redza/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
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After Techakanokboon notified several other players, medical personnel performed 45 minutes of continued revival efforts before pronouncing the 28-year-old dead.

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PGA Tour Series-China Executive Director Greg Carlson is quoted on the memorial page saying last year was Irawan's first full tour experience with the "tight-knit family."

"This is just a terrible tragedy that affects all of us who are part of a very tight-knit family here in China," Carlson said. "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."

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Irawan made his PGA Tour China debut in 2006 before attending the University of Tulsa in 2008. Irawan turned pro in 2013 and returned to Asia to pursue his professional career.

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