CADDIE DIES AT WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A caddie was pronounced dead after collapsing during the Dubai Ladies Masters on Wednesday, forcing the suspension of the first round and shortening the tournament to 54 holes.
The Ladies European Tour identified the caddie as Maximilian Zechmann, 56, a married father of three sons. He was carrying the bag for French player Anne-Lise Caudal.
The tour said play was suspended at 10:30 a.m. after the caddie fell ill on the 13th fairway of the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club. It said a medical team at the golf course immediately treated him before he was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
"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," Tour chief executive Ivan Khodabakhsh said in a statement.
PGA Tour veteran Ian Poulter was among the golfers paying tribute to Zechmann online. "Very sad to see the passing of another caddie. Done many rounds with Big Max. #RIP thoughts go out to his family and friends," Poulter tweeted.
First-round play in the season-ending tournament was expected to resume today.
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