Arie Irawan (1990 – 2019) – Leaving a legacy and void in Malaysian golf


Arie Irawan was a Malaysian pro golfer before he passed away in 2019. Born in 1990 from Selangor, he was only 28 and was heading for a remarkable career in golf before his untimely death in Sanya, China. Arie studied at the University of Tulsa and had 4 professional wins throughout his career.

A promising young golfer

Named Muhammad Arie Irawan Ahmad Fauzi, he had previously played in the Asian Tour, the ADT (Asian Development Tour) and the PGA (Professional Golf Association) Tour China. Among his achievements then include winning the Malaysian Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2008 and winning the 2012 Negri Sembilan Amateur Open. In 2013, Arie went pro where he played in the ADT.

Gaining his ranking

He got his first Official World Ranking points in 2015 in the ADT through the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship. He was then the highest-ranked Malaysian golfer in that rankings. The ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational held in the Philippines was where he won his second ADT which saw him breaching the top 300. In 2018 and 2019, he played in the PGA Tour of China prior to that, Arie was the winner of the 2014 and 2017 PGM Maybank Players Championship in 2014 and 2017. In April 2019, Arie was found dead in his hotel in Sanya, China where he was still competing at the 2019 PGA Tour China season.

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