Updated: Monday, 12 May 2014 01:51 | By Agence France-Presse

British caddie dies at Madeira Islands Open

British caddie Ian McGregor died from a suspected heart attack at the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday.

British caddie dies at Madeira Islands Open

Kenneth Ferrie of England hits an approach shot on the 14th hole as his caddie Ian McGregor watches during first round of the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on August 17, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois - by Stuart Franklin

McGregor, 52, who was caddying for Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, collapsed on the ninth hole of the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra.

"It is with great sadness and deep regret that we report the untimely passing of caddie Ian McGregor during play on the final day of the Madeira Islands Open," said a statement released by the European Tour.

"Everyone at The European Tour extends our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Ian at this time.

"Following consultation with the players and caddies involved, however, it has been decided that play should continue and the tournament should finish.

"A minute’s silence has taken place at the clubhouse and play resumed at 6.00pm local time."

The decision to continue playing at the event, which had been reduced to 36 holes after three days ruined by heavy fog, was criticised by some players.

"Cant believe they are going to keep playing in Madeira... Life is more important than golf...#RIPmac," tweeted Spain's Pablo Larrazabal.

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