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Madeira Open: Golfer Alastair Forsyth’s Caddie Dies Of Heart Attack

A Zimbabwean caddie who worked for golfer Alastair Forsyth has died on the final day of the Madeira Open golf tournament in Portugal. The man, identified as Iain McGregor, passed away after he suffered a heart attack at the venue. According to the Associated Press, the McGregor’s life could not be saved despite best efforts made by medical personnel who were at the site. McGregor suffered the attack at the ninth hole at Santo Da Serra Golf club where the Madeira Open is underway.

A note on the website of the European Tour confirmed the passing away of Mr. McGregor in a statement that read as follows:

“It is with great sadness and deep regret that we report the untimely passing of caddie Ian MacGregor during play on the final day of the Madeira Open. Everyone at the European Tour extends our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Ian at this time.”

The statement added that, after consultation with players and caddies participating in the tournament, it was decided that the tournament should finish. As a mark of respect to McGregor, a minute’s silence took place at the clubhouse. Play resumed at 18:00 hours local time. The European Tour has also confirmed that everything would be done to help McGregor’s family at this time of grief.

Meanwhile, BBC News reports that the participants of the Madeira Open took to Twitter and offered tributes to McGregor.

Nine-time major winner Gary Player was among those to pay tribute to MacGregor on Twitter, saying:

And Zimbabwean golfer Tony Johnstone tweeted :

Paul Lawrie tweeted :

The Madeira Open is a part of the European Tour and has been played in the Madeira Islands of Portugal since 1993.

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