Announced: By the USGA, 55 exempt players for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which will be played May 16-19 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. England’s Laura Davies, who won the inaugural USSWO last year, is among the exempt players. Eleven former U.S. Women’s Open champions also are in the field, including three-time winner Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984) and two-time winners Juli Inkster (1999, 2002) and Betsy King (1989, 1990). The 18-hole sectional qualifiers will be played at 17 sites in the U.S. on April 17-30.
Reported: To have died of natural causes, Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan, who was determined to have had no drugs or toxins in his system, according to the PGA Tour Series China. Irawan, 28, was found dead in his hotel room Sunday in Sanya, China, before the final round of the developmental tour’s Sanya Championship. The final round was canceled (“In the news,” April 8). At the request of the family, Irawan’s body was returned home for Muslim burial rites and an autopsy was not conducted, but a toxicology report came back clear, PGA Tour Series China disclosed.