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Golfing world saddened by passing of professional Arie Irawan

Apr 9, 2019

It’s US Masters Week but it’s a solemn beginning after news of the death of Malaysian professional Arie Irawan on the PGA China Tour. At the Sanya Championship held at Yalong Bay Golf Club, the 28 year old Malaysian Professional missed the cut but remained on site, sharing a room with fellow competitor Kevin Techakanakboon. On the Sunday morning while Techakanakboon was getting ready for his final round, he noticed Irawan was unresponsive, only to find he had passed away. Initial reports say Irawan died of natural causes prior to a coroner’s report. In respect of Irawan’s family, organisers cancelled the final round and declared 54 hole leader Trevor Sluman the winner.

Australia’s Corey Hale finished T11 to head a strong contingent of eight Australian representatives – all but two made the cut.
The team at ausgolf would like to pass on our community condolences to the Irawan’s family and friends.

Of course this past weekend was the last chance to join the exclusive Master’s field by winning the PGA Valero Texas Open. Australia is currently represented by four players – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Jason Day (if a back problem sustained two weeks ago is overcome).

Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Davis, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, Rod Pampling and John Senden all teed off in Texas hoping to take out the championship and thus earning the last opportunity to tee up at Augusta. However that honour went to first time PGA tour winner, Canadian Corey Conners. Conners was the last player to qualify for the Texas Open after winning the final spot in a six man playoff on the Monday. By winning the title, Conner’s became just the fifth player in PGA Tour history to qualify for an event on the Monday and win on the Sunday. His first victory made even sweeter with a start in the US Masters.

Best placed Aussies in Texas were Aaron Baddeley and Matt Jones who both finished T30 (-7), thirteen shots adrift of Conners. Davis, Luck, Pampling and Senden all missed the Cut.

Elsewhere, it was a very quiet week on the US Tour, with the Champions, and Latinoamerica Tours all having the week off. The Canadian PGA Mackenzie Tour held a Qualifier but didn’t have any Australians competing, and the shortened China Tour event highlighted by the very sad passing of Arie Irawan.

On the LPGA Tour, the ladies competed in the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills and Republic of Korea representative Jin-Young Ko won by three strokes and in doing so was catapulted to the #1 World Rolex Ranking – the fifth player from Korea to do so and the third player to hold the title in 2019.

Katherine Kirk was the best placed Australian finishing T17 (-2) with Minjee Lee a further shot behind (T21). Minjee Lee is the top ranked Aussie players in the world rankings holding 4th spot after the event.

PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of April 1, 2019
The PGA TOUR and its affiliated Tours boasts a large roster of Australians as members. Here is the recap from this past week’s action and the Australians’ performances.

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio-AT&T Oaks, San Antonio, Texas
Purse: $7,500,000 ($1,350,000 to winner)

Next Tournament: Masters Tournament
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, April 11-14







Aaron Baddeley

T30 (-7)



Made his 12th start at the Valero Texas Open and his seventh consecutive appearance at this event. Owns three top-10 finishes (5th/2003, T3/2010, 5/2017) at this event and has missed the cut only once, which came in his tournament debut in 2010.

Greg Chalmers





Cameron Davis

CUT (+1)



Missed the cut for the third consecutive time in his 14th start of the season. Has carded only two under-par rounds in his last seven rounds on TOUR.

Jason Day





Matt Jones

T30 (-7)



Made his seventh consecutive cut in 14 starts this season. In 10 appearances at the Valero Texas Open, has only missed the cut twice (2011, 2018), with a top finish of T13 in 2017.

Marc Leishman





Curtis Luck

MDF (+6)



With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, a 54-hole cut at 1-under 215 took place (low 70 and ties).

Geoff Ogilvy





Rod Pampling

CUT (+3)



Missed the cut for the seventh consecutive time in his ninth start of the season. In eight starts at the Valero Texas Open, Pampling’s best record is a T26 in 2005.  

Adam Scott





John Senden

CUT (+3)



Missed the cut in his 13th start at the Valero Texas Open. Owns one top-10 finish in the event, finishing T8 in 2005.

Cameron Smith





PGA Tour of China
Sanya Championship
Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya, China
Purse: ¥1,600,000 (¥270,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Haikou Championship
Sunac Haikou 3KM Golf Club, Haikou, China, April 8-14

*Due to the death of player Arie Irawan on Sunday morning of tournament week, officials canceled the final round of the Sanya Championship and declared 54-hole leader Trevor Sluman the champion.




Order of Merit



Charlie Dann

T18 (-9)



Recorded his second consecutive top-25 finish in as many career starts on PGA TOUR Series-China. Prior to this event in Sanya, finished T7 at the Chongqing Championship in his Tour debut.

Corey Hale

T11 (-10)



After missing the cut at the Chongqing Championship in his season debut, recorded three under-par rounds of 69-69-68 to finish T11. In the 2018 season, competed in 13 events, highlighted by a T10 finish at the Qinhuangdao Championship

Max McCardle

CUT (-2)



Missed the cut by a stroke at the Sanya Championship. Dropped 16 spots in the Order of Merit standings.

Bryden Macpherson

T37 (-5)



Struggled with a 1-over 73 in the third round, following rounds of 68-70. Macpherson owns two career PGA TOUR-Series China victories, including the 2015 Cadillac Championship and 2015 Lushan Open. 

James Marchesani

T27 (-7)



Made the cut for the first time this season, following a missed cut at the Chongqing Championship with rounds of 75-73.

Aaron Wilkin

T56 (-1)



Made his season debut at the Sanya Championship. Finished T16 at the third Global Qualifying Tournament in Phuket earlier this year.   

Christopher Wood

CUT (-1)



Following a T7 finish at the season-opening Chongqing Championship, missed the cut at the Sanya Championship with rounds of 70-73.

Kevin Yuan

T58 (+1)



Made the cut for the first time this season in his second start. Finished T5 in the second Global Qualifying Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

PGA Mackenzie Tour – Canada
Qualifying Tournament- U.S. West 2
Wigwam Golf Club, Litchfield Park, Arizona

Next Tournament: Qualifying Tournament-U.S. East 2
TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, April 23-26


            *No Australians competed in this event