Abdullahi Ali, Nigeria’s number one golfer, died on Wednesday in an auto crash at Paiko, some 20 km from Minna.
Tidesports learnt that the professional golfer died alongside his predecessor, Christian Godfrey, and their caddie simply identified as Ben.
They were travelling to the Niger State capital to participate in the Minna Cantonment Professional Gold Champion when their care with registration number Abuja CL 641 RBC, had a burst tyre and collided with another vehicle.
The other car, with registration number Abuja BQ 206 RSH, was travelling from Minna and was occupied by a man and a woman who sustained various degrees of injury and were responding to treatment at the General Hospital, Minna.
Tidesports source, who accompanied the corpses of the golfers to the General Hospital morgue, reported that the organisers of the championship immediately contacted the families of the deceased.
Ali had returned from Cameroon on Tuesday where he won the African Open Golf Championship, tagged Cameroon Open.
The manager of Minna Cantonment Golf Club, simply identified as Ambrose, described the death of the golfers as a shock, adding that the tournament would be postponed in their honour.
Confirming the incident, Mr Emmanuel Abbe, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in Niger, said N96,500 was found on Ali, while N30,000 was found on Godfrey apart from their personal effects and professional kits.