Thursday 23 November 2017

Golf caddy dies after collapsing during play at Dubai Ladies Masters

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 07: Anne-Lise Caudal of France is consoled by the Tournament Director Michael Wood after her caddie collapsed on the course, which led to an immediate suspension of play, during the first round of the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on December 7, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 07: Anne-Lise Caudal of France is consoled by the Tournament Director Michael Wood after her caddie collapsed on the course, which led to an immediate suspension of play, during the first round of the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on December 7, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The first round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters has been suspended following the death of a caddie, the Ladies European Tour has announced.

The caddie, who has not been named, collapsed before being taken to hospital where he later died.

The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes, with the first round set to resume on Thursday.

In a statement, the Ladies European Tour said: "First round play was suspended at 10.30am on Wednesday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters after a caddie collapsed on the 13th fairway.

"After being immediately attended to by the on-site medical team, the caddie was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead."

Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh said: "Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect.

"On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual's family and loved ones."

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