SCOTLAND’S Alastair Forsyth has defended the decision to finish the Madeira Islands Open after his caddie died on the course on Sunday.
Forsyth was playing the last hole of his round – the par-four ninth on the steeply undulating Santo da Serra layout – when 52-year-old Zimbabwean Iain McGregor suffered a fatal heart attack.
An indefinite suspension of play was initially announced, but play resumed at 6pm, with England’s Daniel Brooks eventually beating Scotland’s Scott Henry on the first play-off hole.
“Everybody is in shock,” Forsyth said. “Myself and playing partners Adam (Gee) and Tano (Goya) met tournament officials and spoke to (European Tour chief executive) George O’Grady before taking the decision to play on, because we felt that was what Mac would have wanted. He was a guy I’ve known for 15 years and was very popular amongst the caddies. My thoughts go to his family. For something like this to happen so suddenly is so sad.
“He’s was far too young for this to happen. He was the life and soul of the caddies’ lounge and a nice guy who will be sorely missed. I’m absolutely numb.”