European Tour: Alastair Forsyth defends decision to play-on at Madeira Open

Last Updated: 15/05/14 9:10am

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Alastair Forsyth: Supported the decision to play on

Alastair Forsyth: Supported the decision to play on

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Alastair Forsyth has backed the decision by the European Tour to complete the weather-affected Madeira Islands Open after the Scotsman's caddie collapsed and died on the Santo da Serra course on Sunday afternoon.

Zimbabwean Iain McGregor, 52, suffered a fatal heart-attack while walking up the final fairway at the undulating layout, which initially led to an indefinite suspension of play.

However, it was later decided to resume play and finish the tournament which was reduced to 36 holes due to heavy fog througout the four-day event.

As for continuing, Forsyth said: "Myself and playing partners Adam (Gee) and Tano (Goya) met tournament officials and spoke to (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."

Paying tribute to McGregor, Forsyth added: "Everybody is in shock. To see that happen to someone in front of your eyes - I don't know how or when you get over that.

Sorely missed

"He was a guy I've known for 15 years and was very popular amongst the caddies.

"Obviously my thoughts go out to his family at this time. For something like this to happen so suddenly is so sad.

"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."

But one professional unhappy that the event was played to a finish was Sweden's Joel Sjoholm who had previously worked with McGregor.

Sjoholm tweeted: "Can't believe that they are sending out players to finish the final round when someone just died on the course. R.I.P my dear Mac! Way too young! This is going to be a tough evening"

A statement from the European Tour issued on Sunday read: "A minute's silence has taken place at the clubhouse and play resumed at 6pm local time."

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