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:
RIP Big Mac. You will be missed. My condolences
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) May 11, 2014
And Zimbabwean golfer Tony Johnstone tweeted :
Just heard very sad news of passing of my friend Ian MacGregor (Zim Mac) whilst caddying in Madeira. A top man and will miss him. RIP Mac.
— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) May 11, 2014
Paul Lawrie tweeted :
One of the caddies ian Mcgregor (mac) died on the course today in Madeira while working for al forsyth, great guy RIP my friend
— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) May 11, 2014
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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