Forsyth's caddie dies after heart attack on course


The action at the European Tour’s Madeira Islands Open took a backseat Sunday when the caddie for Alastair Forsyth died after having a heart attack on the ninth hole.

Iain McGregor, 52, a Zimbabwean known to many as “Zim Mac," suffered cardiac arrest while in the fairway on the group’s final hole of the day. 

Photos: Caddies, players react to tragic news

In a statement, the European Tour said the circuit “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.”

Play in Portugal was suspended for about an hour before resuming at 1 p.m. ET. Forsyth made par on his final hole of the day and signed for 75.

“Everybody is in shock,” Forsyth told reporters afterward. “To see that happen to someone in front of your eyes – I don’t know how or when you get over that.

“We spoke to (European Tour chief executive) George O’Grady on the phone before taking the decision to play on because we felt that was what Mac would have wanted. He 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.”