Some really terrible news from the European Tour event this week, where one of the caddies died of a heart attack suffered on the golf course during final round play.
Ian McGregor, a 52-year-old caddie on the bag of Alastair Forsyth, passed away on Sunday after suffering a heart attack in the fairway of the 9th hole, their last hole of the tournament. The Madeira Islands Open suspended play for over a hour after the incident, with Forsyth deciding to complete the hole despite the tragic news.
The European Tour released a statement saying they, "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.”
It was obviously a tough day for everyone, with plenty of guys taking to Twitter to send out thoughts about the caddie.
RIP Big Mac. You will be missed. My condolences— Gary Player (@garyplayer) May 11, 2014
RIP Mac. Glad I had the privilege of knowing you..— Sam Little (@samhenrylittle) May 11, 2014
Ian mcgregor aka Zimbabwe Mac One of the best guys I've met on the@EuropeanTour @ETCaddies RIP buddy— Chris Doak (@ChrisDoak1) May 11, 2014
R.I.P Mac! My condolences to his family! We are going to miss you buddy! pic.twitter.com/7zFzQzXjKz— Estanislao Goya (@Tanogoya) May 11, 2014
Terrible news about Zim Mac in Madeira. One of the nicest guys out there & always brightened your day. RIP Pal— Oliver Wilson (@Oliver_Wilson) May 11, 2014
Can't believe the news I just heard. Puts things into perspective. RIP Mac.— Shane Lowry (@shanelowrygolf) May 11, 2014
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
Horrible news of great man and great caddie passing away on course in Madeira,shared many a laugh with zim mac,rest in peace pal#gutted— phillip archer (@philarch17) May 11, 2014