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Forsyth defends playing on after death of caddie

GOLF: Scotland’s Alastair Forsyth has defended the decision to finish the Madeira Islands Open after his caddie died on the course yesterday.

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 collapsed on the fairway and suffered a fatal heart-attack.

An indefinite suspension of play was initially announced, but the decision was later taken to resume play 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. “To see that happen to someone in front of your eyes ­- I don’t know how or when you get over that.

“Myself and playing partners Adam (Gee) and Tano (Goya) met tournament officials and 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.

“I’m absolutely numb.”


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