To Play Or Not To Play?

If A Caddie Falls In The 9th Fairway…

By now most of you have probably heard the news that 52 year old European Tour caddie Ian MacGregor had a massive heart attack and died Sunday during the Madeira Islands Open. Ian was just about to finish his loop on the 9th hole when he passed. Yes, he literally died on the golf course. Play was suspended for a few hours while medics attended to MacGregor and tried to revive him.

The tournament had already been shortened by 36 holes and had also been delayed several times throughout the weekend due to fog. After MacGregor’s body was taken away from the golf course, the tour decided to observe a moment of silence and play on. The man known as “Big Mac” was caddying for player Alastair Forsyth. He agreed with the decision even though several other players were appalled and said so via Twitter.


Forsyth noted that MacGregor would have wanted them to play on, he also said “I’ve known (MacGregor) for 15 years and he was very popular among the caddies. Obviously my thoughts go out to his family. For something like that to happen so suddenly is so sad. He’s far too young and he had no problem carrying bags around a golf course so I didn’t see an awful lot wrong with him.”

We’ll have to take Forsyth’s word for it. I would think any caddie working at that level of their profession would have wanted the same, but what the fuck do I know?  George O’Grady is the CEO of the Euro Tour and he’s the man who ultimately made the decision to play on. Did he make the right one? You tell me.

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