British caddie dies at Madeira Islands Open

Madeira: British caddie Ian McGregor died from a suspected heart attack at the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday.

McGregor, 52, who was caddying for Scotland`s Alastair Forsyth, collapsed on the ninth hole of the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra.

"It is with great sadness and deep regret that we report the untimely passing of caddie Ian McGregor during play on the final day of the Madeira Islands Open," said a statement released by the European Tour.

"Everyone at The European Tour extends our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Ian at this time.

"Following consultation with the players and caddies involved, however, it has been decided that play should continue and the tournament should finish.

"A minute`s silence has taken place at the clubhouse and play resumed at 6.00pm local time."

The decision to continue playing at the event, which had been reduced to 36 holes after three days ruined by heavy fog, was criticised by some players.

"Cant believe they are going to keep playing in Madeira... Life is more important than golf...#RIPmac," tweeted Spain`s Pablo Larrazabal.

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