18 May 2014

European Tour officials apologise after caddy's death

12:14 pm on 18 May 2014

The European Tour has apologised to the Caddies Association for the hurt and upset caused following the sudden death of caddie Iain McGregor at the Madeira Islands Open last week.

The tour has been criticised for continuing with the event after the 52-year-old Zimbabwean, caddying for Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, died of a heart attack during the final round.

The tournament was briefly halted but then resumed after discussions with players and caddies.

The Tour's chief executive George O'Grady has held talks with the Caddies Association.

He says he completely understands the views of people who say the tournament shouldn't have continued but it was a terrible situation for anyone to be in and the decision to finish the tournament was not taken lightly.