European Tour Caddy Ian McGregor collapsed and died on Sunday, suffering a heart attack during the final round of the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal. Alistair Forsyth, for whom McGregor was caddying, controversially decided to complete his round following the tragedy, eliciting negative responses from the public.
Forsyth was on his last hole at Clube de Golfe Santo da Serra, the course’s ninth, when his caddy dropped to the ground. European Tour officials, after consulting caddies and players, decided to continue play and finish the 36-hole event, which was shortened due to inclement weather earlier in the week.
Play was briefly suspended after initial first aid care attempts were unsuccessful, and a moment of silence was held in McGregor’s remembrance before the event was ultimately resumed.
The European Tour issued the following statement regarding the events that took place:
“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.
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.”
Fellow players took to Twitter to voice their opinion of the actions taken by the European Tour.
Forsyth, who finished tied for 63rd place, defended his decision to continue playing.
“I felt that was what Mac would have wanted,” said Forsyth. “He was a guy I’ve known for 15 years and he was very popular amongst 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. He was the life and soul of the caddies’ lounge, a good laugh and nice guy. I’m absolutely numb.”
“It’s great to get a win, but it’s not nice to do it in these circumstances,” said Daniel Brooks, who went on to win the event. “It’s horrible what happened out there so my condolences go out to all of his family.”
Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition
Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… In all seriousness, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour.
In this initial serving, we’re mining photos from October and November at PGA Tour stops, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Cadence Bank Houston Open, and the RSM Classic.
So grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please.
The traditional K.I.S.S. stamping on a BV proto: first and last initial, demonstrated here by Andrew Landry. Bonus points for the bounce angle (8) stamp.
When your last name is something imposing/interesting, you’re definitely stamping it on your wedge as Cole Hammer has done here in a “University of Texas” colorway.
Simple, perfect stamping for Xuewen Luo.
Patrick Cantlay is still rolling with a SM7. Ultimate K.I.S.S. to stick with a previous generation wedge with stamped initials. Bent loft (47 degrees) is a classy touch.
Excellent #perspective on Kevin Roy’s 54-degree Vokey.
Anytime a custom grind wears off the loft number, it’s caviar. Lovely patina on Woodland’s Wilson, too.
Another favorite motif: Tiny initials pattern (as demonstrated by Palmer Jackson).
The Webb Simpson traditional. Maybe the longest-serving stamping on Tour.
Not a stamping on Akshay Bhatia’s Jaws Raw, but we’ll serve it up anyway for reasons immediately discernible to the seasoned palate.
Photos from the 2022 RSM Classic
GolfWRX was live this week from the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, for the last event of the 2022 calendar year.
We have: Eight general galleries. 12 WITBs — including some lefty love for Akshay Bhatia — and a ton of putters for your perusal.
Check out links to all our photos below!
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #2
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #3
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #2
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #3
- 2022 RSM Classic – Wednesday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Wednesday #2
- Matt Wallace – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Erik Barnes – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Spencer Ralston – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Palmer Jackson – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Scott Harrington – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Kyle Westmoreland – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Conner Godsey – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Webb Simpson – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Akshay Bhatia – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Tim Weinhart – GA PGA Section Champ – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
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- Jon Lester – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Nick Hardy’s custom Swag putter – 2022 RSM Classic
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- Kevin Roy’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Keith Mitchell’s custom Cameron putters – 2022 RSM Classic
- Richy Werenski – new 2023 FootJoy HyperFlex shoes – 2022 RSM Classic
- Bill Haas’ custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
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- JJ Spaun’s Cameron putter cover – 2022 RSM Classic
- Jason Dufner with Cobra AeroJet Driver & 3 wood – 2022 RSM Classic
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Photos from the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.
The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.
Check out all of our photos below.
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Monday #1
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Monday #2
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #1
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #2
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #3
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #4
- Johannes Veerman – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Richy Werenski – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Danny Lee – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Ben Kern – So. Texas PGA Section Champ – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Justin Rose (mini WTB) custom JR irons – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Kevin Roy – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Eric Cole – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Gary Woodland WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Carson Young’s custom Cameron – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New Mitsubishi Tensei K series shaft – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Cameron putter – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Garrick Higgo’s custom Cameron – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Tyler Duncan’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New Super Stroke Zenergy grips – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New EyeLine Golf training aids – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New KBS prototype iron shaft – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Zac Blair – New Titleist TRS 1 driver – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
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