Arie Irawan

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Arie Irawan
Personal information
Full nameMuhammad Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi
Born(1990-08-21)21 August 1990
Selangor, Malaysia
Died7 April 2019(2019-04-07) (aged 28)
Sanya, China
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
NationalityFlag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
College University of Tulsa
Turned professional2013
Former tour(s) Asian Development Tour
PGA Tour China
Asian Tour
Professional wins4

Muhammad Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi (21 August 1990 – 7 April 2019) was a Malaysian professional golfer who played on the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour and the PGA Tour China. [1] He won two events on the Asian Development Tour in early 2015.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot not play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

The Asian Tour is the principal men's professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has its own Japan Golf Tour, which is also a full member of the International Federation of PGA Tours. Official money events on the tour count for World Golf Ranking points.

The Asian Development Tour, founded in 2010, is a professional golf tour. It is the development tour for the Asian Tour, with a relationship analogous to the Tour to the PGA Tour and the Challenge Tour to the European Tour. Players who fail to earn Asian Tour cards through qualifying school may play on the tour. The top five players on the Order of Merit at the end of the year will earn an Asian Tour card for the following season. Beginning in 2013, tournaments carry Official World Golf Ranking points, with a minimum of six points to the winner and points to the top six plus ties. Most of the tournaments are in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Several of the tournaments are co-sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia Tour and the All Thailand Golf Tour.


Amateur career

Irawan won the 2008 Malaysian Amateur Stroke Play Championship. [2] He attended the University of Tulsa from 2008 to 2012. [3] In 2012 he won the Negeri Sembilan Amateur Open. [4]

University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa (TU) is a private research university in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. TU has a historic affiliation with the Presbyterian Church and the campus architectural style is predominantly Collegiate Gothic.

Professional career

Irawan interviewed during Maybank Malaysian Open 2013

Irawan turned professional in April 2013. [5] For the 2014 season he played on the Asian Development Tour and earned his tour card for the 2015 Asian Tour after a 6th-place finish on the Asian Development Tour's Order of Merit. [6] Another player within the top five also placed within the top 60 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, allowing Irawan to earn his Tour card.

The 2015 Asian Tour is the 21st season of the modern Asian Tour, the main men's professional golf tour in Asia excluding Japan, since it was established in 1995.

In January 2015 Irawan won his first Official World Golf Ranking points event at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on the Asian Development Tour, becoming the highest ranked Malaysian golfer in the world rankings. [7] In April 2015 he won his second Asian Development Tour event, the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational, in the Philippines, a result that lifted him into the top 300 in the world rankings. [8] He was 7th in the 2015 Asian Development Tour Order of Merit.

The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. It was started in 1986.

The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship is a men's professional golf tournament held in Malaysia co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the PGM Tour. The tournament was first played in 2013 as the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters and the inaugural winner was James Bowen.

Irawan was involved in a moped accident in early 2016 and missed much of the season. In 2018 and 2019 Irawan also played on the PGA Tour China.

PGA Tour China is a China-based men's professional golf tour as part of the PGA Tour's global expansion. The tour started in 2014. After a hiatus in 2017, the tour resumed in 2018. It is known as PGA Tour Series China. An earlier tour, the Omega China Tour, ran from 2004 to 2009.

After his successes in early 2015 his best finishes in world ranking events were to be twice tied for fourth place, in the 2018 PGM Johor Championship on the Asian Development Tour and in the 2018 Guilin Championship on the PGA Tour China.

In addition to his two Asian Development tour wins, Irawan won two tournaments on the domestic Professional Golf of Malaysia Tour, winning the season-ending PGM Maybank Players Championship in 2014 and 2017. [9] [10]


On 7 April 2019 Irawan was found dead at his hotel in Sanya, China. He was taking part in the Sanya Championship, the second event of the 2019 PGA Tour China season. [11] Early indications were that Irawan's death was from natural causes, but the tour added that "the coroner has not completed his report." American Shotaro Ban attempted to revive him with CPR, but after 45 minutes of continuous revival efforts, Irawan was pronounced dead. [12]

Professional wins (4)

Asian Development Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
131 Jan 2015 PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship −18 (63-71-68-68=270)1 stroke Flag of New Zealand.svg Sean Riordan, Flag of Malaysia.svg Sukree Othman [7]
218 Apr 2015 ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational −4 (73-69-67-71=280)4 strokes Flag of the Philippines.svg Miguel Tabuena [8]

Professional Golf of Malaysia Tour (3)

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  2. "Malaysian amateurs given opportunity". European Tour. 7 March 2013.
  3. "2011-12 Men's Golf Roster - Arie Fauzi". University of Tulsa. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
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  8. 1 2 "Arie powers to landmark win in ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational". ParGolf Magazine. 18 April 2015.
  9. "Arie wins first pro title in PGM Maybank Players' Championship". ParGolf Magazine. 13 December 2014.
  10. "Arie ends barren spell with victory in PGM Maybank Players' meet". The Star Online. 10 December 2017.
  11. Kumar, Ashwin (7 April 2019). "M'sian pro Arie dies during PGA Tour event". The Sun Daily.
  12. Livsey, Laury (7 April 2019). "Malaysian golfer Irawan passes away in China". PGA Tour.