Golf star found dead in hotel room at 28 during PGA Tour China

A MALAYSIAN golfer has been found dead in his hotel room in China, the PGA tour confirmed in a statement.

The golfer has been identified as 28-year-old Arie Irawan, who died from “apparent natural causes”.

He was found on Sunday local time in his hotel room on the Chinese resort island of Hainan.

The ex-national No1 was in China to compete in the Sanya Championship, a PGA Tour Series China event but on Friday missed the cut.

In a statement on Sunday, PGA Tour Series China said: “Today, in Sanya, China, Arie Irawan of Malaysia died at his hotel of apparent natural causes.

“The official coroner’s report has not been completed.

“Irawan, 28, was in China playing in the Sanya Championship, the second event of the 2019 PGA TOUR Series-China season. He had missed the 36-hole cut.

“The PGA Tour and the China Golf Association grieve at this loss of one of our members and share sincere condolences to Arie’s wife, Marina, and his parents, Ahmad and Jeny.

When something of this magnitude occurs in the golf world, we all grieve together.”