Golfer Arie Irawan, 28, found dead in his hotel room

SANYA, China (AP). Officials at the Sanya Championship said on Sunday that Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan, 28, was killed in his hotel room for "apparent natural causes" and that the PGA Tour Series-China canceled the final round of the tournament. .

The PGA Tour Series-China said in a statement that Irawan missed the 36-hole court Friday at the Sanya Yalong Bay Golf Club. He said that the official report of the coroner had not been completed.

"The PGA Tour and the China Golf Association lament this loss of one of our members and share their sincere condolences with Arie's wife, Marina and her parents, Ahmad and Jeny," the tour said. "When something of this magnitude happens in the world of golf, we all suffer at the same time.

"Out of respect for the family, the officials canceled the final round of the Sanya Championship … it is a real tragedy what has happened, sometimes, however, things happen in life that are bigger than a sporting event" .

The PGA Tour China had a photo of Irawan's "In Memorium" featured on its website on Sunday.

The American Trevor Sluman led after 54 holes with a total of 198 of less than 198 and was declared the winner of the tournament. Three Americans, Matt Gilchrest, Max McGreevy and Michael Perras, were tied for second place, two strokes behind.

Upon entering the tournament, Sluman, who finished ninth in the China Tour Order of Merit 2018, was seeking his first victory in a four-day professional event since graduating from the University of Louisville in 2015.

"My heart is with Arie's family and his beautiful wife, Marina," Sluman said. "Along with the rest of the tour, we're thinking about them right now." It's very bittersweet today, and I think the rest of the year will be dedicated to Arie and the impact she had on this tour. "

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