SANYA, China（April 7 , 2019）—Due to the death of Malaysia’s Arie Irawan on Sunday, Sanya Championship tournament officials elected to cancel the final round of the PGA TOUR Series-China tournament, declaring 54-hole leader Trevor Sluman the 2019 champion.
“This is a tragic day in the Tour’s history, and it would not have been right to play the final round,” said PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director Greg Carlson. “Through Saturday, we had experienced a great tournament and it’s a true tragedy what has happened. Sometimes, though, things happen in life that are bigger than a sporting event. This is one of those times, and after consultation with sponsors, the golf course and TOUR staff in Florida, canceling the final round was the proper decision.”
Sluman shot a third-round, 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Matt Gilchrest, Max McGreevy and Michael Perras.
Sluman’s victory counts as an official PGA TOUR Series-China win, and the ￥288,000 he earned for finishing in first also counts on the official Order of Merit.
Sluman was gracious when he learned the news of the round’s cancellation.
“My heart goes out to Arie’s family and his beautiful wife, Marina,” said the former University of Louisville golfer, in his second season playing on PGA TOUR Series-China. “Along with the rest of the Tour, we are thinking about them at this time. It’s very bittersweet today, and I think the rest of the year will be dedicated to Arie and the impact he had on this Tour.”