Connect with us

Tour News

European Tour caddy dies in the fairway

Published

on

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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 2.14.21 PM

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 2.24.35 PM

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.”

Your Reaction?
  • 0
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW1
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK2

He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. jc

    May 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    if that was tiger’s caddie, he would probably dock his family for not finishing the round and steal his wallet. (and if he had a wife, try and make it with her at the funeral)

  2. jc

    May 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    we had two guys at our club who always played together…one day, on no. 13, one of the guys dropped dead…the other guy finished the round after the ambulance took the other guy away.
    but hey, he wasn’t going to get his green fees back was he?
    we did have one guy who said he wasn’t feeling good, so he left.
    a few holes later, we see an ambulane coming down the street…the guy had a heart attack but because he was at home by then, they got him to the hospital and he recovered. the last place you want to be is way out on the course (this was before all the cell phones)

  3. KK

    May 18, 2014 at 1:20 am

    There’s a time for mourning. I’m not sure during a tournament is the time for it. “The show must go on” is not just about money, it’s about the respect for the fans, the charities and everyone involved who puts food on the table because of the tournament. Ultimately, it’s loved ones who carry his legacy, not a group of people who only know him as Forsyth’s caddie.

  4. Evan

    May 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Think of it as if you were the Caddie, Ian. I would have wanted some attention paid to my condition, a moment of silence, and then the players to finish. I would have wanted some nice words said and a few drinks paid my way in the clubhouse. People die everyday, most much more unceremoniously than Ian McGregor.

    Even if the tournament was cancelled, it wouldn’t have been in regard to the individual, but to the circumstance. Honor the individual and his passion, his life work. Play golf, play the tournament that hundreds of individuals came to win. Finish what was started… canceling or withdrawing does nothing to Honor Ian McGregor.

  5. alex

    May 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Its not like he died and then they just continued, they stopped, took care of it, consulted with the whole field and decided to play. Since he finished 63rd it shows he wasn’t just playing because he could win, he wanted to finish what him and his caddie started.

  6. Jim

    May 16, 2014 at 7:40 am

    The golfer done the right thing. If I was the caddie then I would want him to play on. Don’t judge the golfer. Judge yourself. R.I.P.

  7. Al

    May 16, 2014 at 4:52 am

    This is just about the smallest event on the European tour. Forsyth finished 63, not first or second or top 10, 63rd! Unbelievable that he could continue and that the European tour would be so single minded in trying to finish the event after someone dies on the course. What if it was a player?
    Terrible…..

  8. Boo

    May 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I can guarantee you Phil M. wouldnt have left Bones dead in the fairway only to continue his round!!!!

  9. GolferX

    May 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I am torn over Forsyth’s reaction, a real pro would have gone on because he knows that is what his caddy would have wanted. But then the other side is that it is disrespectful to the family. I don’t know, I’m glad I didn’t have to make that decision. Condolences to the family.

  10. Ben

    May 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    The ONLY way not dropping out is acceptable is if he donated all the winnings to the family of the caddy immediately after, which he didn’t do. That’s so incredibly disrespectful.

  11. HD

    May 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Forsythe obviously German player, insensitive to human life

    • AAA

      May 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Do you want to insult us, or what? (apart from Forsyth being Scottish).

    • Matt

      Jun 20, 2014 at 7:05 am

      I am German and I can’t tell you how insulting I find this comment. The only thing I can say is that you are a complete idiot. Additionally, Forsyth is a Scot. And I don’t think that all Scots are like him. Maybe this is how we Germans are… objective, critical and differentiating.

  12. Desolateplanet

    May 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    It reminds me of Young Guns…..I shall finish the game!

  13. Desolateplanet

    May 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I shall finish the game!

  14. Butch

    May 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    it’s not like he died on the way to the course..he died ON the course. play should have been stopped right then and there. It only proves once again that MONEY is more important to the Tournaments ,than anyone involved IN them. it had already been shortened, so a 1 day delay would not have hurt a thing…. bad call, no class.

    • Evan

      May 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Why did everyone come to the golf course that day? To play golf and finish a tournament… he was taken by natural causes. With some respect being paid his way, they should have finished. What does delaying one day do? His funeral is not going to be that day, not with his family. Let the situation and the people around him (who know him) dictate his final moment and honoring.

      People die everyday, most much less recognized than Ian McGregor. An honorable death for his life’s work; on the fairway, during an event.

  15. Nick

    May 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Euro-trash!

  16. Mat

    May 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hey, unless I missed it, he might have finished his last couple of shots before he would have known he died. It’s an assumption that he died in two seconds the way this article reads. One might also deduct “I’m having chest pains; go finish and I’ll catch up…” And 10 minutes later, he dies. Tragic, but the story could be that way, and not that insensitive.

  17. Jafar

    May 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    If Forsyth would have dropped out it would have been sufficient. Let everyone else continue while you attend to your “friend” of 15 years.

    What if his father had died playing golf with friends and then they continued their round?

    Shameless, he should feel bad.

  18. Jeremy

    May 15, 2014 at 2:15 am

    It’s hard to hold him at fault based on a few paragraphs on the web. Like Forsyth said, he knew the guy 15 years. They may have joked about exactly this over a few beers many years back. My first thought was “he’d probably want him to compete and continue,” and that’s the first thing Forsyth said. So let’s not be so quick to judge.

    I do hope he carried his own bag the rest of the way though.

  19. Anthony Penney

    May 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    It’s sad that a player would continue to play while his caddy lay dead, a real pro (person) would have stayed with him until his family arrived and help console them with the grieving process, too sad really.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

News

New troops: PXG announces additions to tour staff for 2021

Published

on

Earlier this week, it was the Brooklyn Nets making big news in the NBA with player acquisitions. Now in the golf world, it’s PXG, who is also adding to its roster with a number of new players on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour.

The newest members of the PXG roster, which they like to call “troops” are

  • Jim Herman
  • Sung Kang
  • Danny Lee
  • Luke List
  • Henrik Norlander
  • Adam Schenk
  • Kyle Stanley
  • Hudson Swafford

Speaking to the switch, Sung Kang said

“PXG makes some of the best performing equipment in golf. I know, with the support of Bob Parsons, his team, and PXG clubs, that I am going to be able to take my game to the next level!”

The professionals from the Korn Ferry Tour joining current PXG staffers Scott Langley and Grant Hirschman include

  • Kevin Dougherty
  • Nicolas Echavarria
  • KK Limbhaust
  • Justin Lower
  • Seth Reeves
  • Charlie Saxon

“Between grit and their love of the game, every one of these new players brings something special to the course. We are proud to welcome them all to the PXG Troops and honored that they have chosen to put PXG in play.” -PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons.

These players join a long list of PXG staff players, which also includes LPGA Tour players Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, Austin Ernst, Christia Kim, Brittany Lang, Haley Moore, Celine Boutie, Ryann O’Toole, Gerina Piller, Jennifer Song, Linnea Ström, and Mina Harigae.

Your Reaction?
  • 30
  • LEGIT6
  • WOW3
  • LOL2
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP2
  • OB3
  • SHANK27

Continue Reading

Equipment

Sony Open Tour Truck Report: CH3 newest Ventus Black convert, free agent testing, and Srixon has two new staffers

Published

on

With no tour trucks on site until the West Coast Swing begins next week, we had to scrape and claw for every morsel of information for this week’s report. And with the time difference in Hawaii, we may get more info this evening and will update accordingly.

That said, let’s dig into this week’s Tour Truck Report.

Titleist

Charles Howell III put a new Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X in his Titleist TSi3. He was also testing new 4-irons to find a recipe that gapped a bit better with his Ping G410 7-wood and Titleist T100 5-iron.

TaylorMade

Lots of players staff and non-staff players going into SIM2.

Staff

  • Nick Taylor: SIM2 w/ Fujikura Atmos Blue 6 X

Non Staff:

  • DJ Trahan: SIM2
  • Danny Lee: SIM2
  • XJ Zhang: SIM2

Non Staff Testing

  • SIM2/SIM2 Max: Jim Herman, Luke List, Henrik Norlander, James Hahn, Sung Kang, Kyle Stanley, Hudson Swafford

Collin Morikawa has the new TP5 Prototype ball in play and Sergio Garcia is in the new TP5X Proto.

Callaway

Jim Furyk went to a long stick with a 47-inch (tipped 3/4) Callaway Epic Proto Driver (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X.

Will Gordon is also in the new Callaway Epic Proto (9 degrees) with a Ventus Black 6 X and was seeing ball speeds reach 190 mph.

Callaway announced the signing of Tyler McCumber who will be in a full bag of Callaway gear in 2021. We will update on what landed in the bag ASAP.

Si Woo Kim switching to a prototype Odyssey OG Putter

Srixon

Keegan Bradley added the new Srixon ZX7 irons (4-PW) replacing his trust Z745’s. The new irons come equipped with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Srixon also added two new staff members for 2021 PGA Tour veteran KJ Choi and 27 year old Matt Neismith.

Matt Neismith WITB

ZX7 Driver 9.5: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

ZX Utility 18: Fujikura Atmos Blue Hybrid 85 X

Z-FORGED (4-PW): Nippon Modus 125 X

Wedges RTX Zip Core (50, 54, 58): KBS 610 Wedge 115g

K.J Choi WITB

ZX7 Driver 9.5

ZX7 (5-PW)

Wedges RTX Zip Core (50, 54, 58) w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Free Agents

Not in the field at Sony, but two notable free agents Ryan Moore and Jason Day are in the midst of building new bags. Nothing is secure by any stretch but see below for what we heard they have been testing thus far.

Jason Day

Ping G425 LST Driver, Mizuno JPX921 Tour irons

Ryan Moore

TaylorMade SIM2, Titleist TSi2 and 3 fairways, Mizuno irons (multiple), Vokey Wedges

Also…

Vijay Singh put in a brand new Callaway Epic Proto driver at 46.5 inches with a Fujikura Atmos Black 5 TX shaft.

In regards to players who have signed with new companies, here is the list

PXG

  • Sung Kang
  • Jim Herman

Srixon

  • Matt Neismith
  • KJ Choi

Titleist 

  • Joseph Bramlett
  • Fabian Gomez
  • Nelson Ledesma
  • Troy Merritt
  • Sam Saunders

Callaway 

  • Jon Rahm
  • Tyler McCumber

TaylorMade 

  • Tommy Fleetwood

Ping

  • None
Your Reaction?
  • 164
  • LEGIT15
  • WOW4
  • LOL3
  • IDHT3
  • FLOP2
  • OB1
  • SHANK5

Continue Reading

News

Sentry TOC Tour Truck Report: New sticks, new companies, and Patrick Reed buys his own threads

Published

on

Happy 2021! The PGA Tour is at Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and with the electricity around the Rahm Callaway signing and new TaylorMade gear hitting the streets, there is a ton to track.

Here is a list of who had new gear in the bag to kick off the year.

Titleist

Justin Thomas finally put the new Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) into the bag fully equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X. The Ventus Red is gaining popularity little by little with Adam Scott and now Thomas switching into it. The new set up saw JT keeping his launch constant from the old TS3 set up all while going from 176 to 179mph ball speed and dropping spin from 2300 to 2100.

Richie Wereksnki also added a Ventus Red 6 X to his yet-unreleased Titleist TSi4 (10 degrees @9.25, D1 SureFit)

Lanto Griffin joined the long driver crowd with a fresh new TSi2 (9 degrees) with a Project X HZRDUS Black 65 6.5 @46 inches.

Adam Scott made some fairway wood switches adding a 15-degree TSi2 3-wood with an old-school Fujikura P95 and a TSi2 7-wood with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 10 TX.

TaylorMade

Dustin Johnson tested the new SIM2 and SIM2 Max heads in 9 and 10.5 degrees. The world No. 1 tried both heads with his trusted Speeder 661 Evolution and a Ventus Black 6 X. DJ will also put the SIM2Max HL (16.5) 3-wood in play with a Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X.

Collin Morikawa tested SIM2 (10.5) and SIM2 Max (9). Word is on course he was going back and forth between the SIM2 (10.5 degrees @9) and his current gamer SIM (8 degrees @8.5) both with the MCA Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX. Morikawa also has a new Spider FCG putter in the satchel as well as the new Sim2 3-Wood ([email protected]) with an MCA Diamana D+ Limited 80TX

Ping

Cameron Champ switched into the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green (Hulk) 70 G 6.5 TX.

Michael Thompson is now in the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X.

Joaquin Niemann also added the new Ping G425 LST (10.5) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 TX.

Tony Finau added swing weight to his entire set over the winter. The reason was to reduce a left miss, and after some tweaking, he ended up adding two to three swing weights across the board. The irons went from D3 to D5+ (D5.5).

Mackenzie Hughes put the new Ping G425 Max (9) in play with a Project X Hzurdus T1100 60G 6.5.

Callaway

Jon Rahm showed up with a whole bag of new Callaway gear

Driver: Callaway Proto Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

5-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI (Black) 8 X

Irons: Callaway UT Proto (3), Callaway Apex Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

  • TBD on UT or 5 Wood

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged JPN (52-8, 56-12, 60-10)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Marc Leishman added a prototype Odyssey putter to his bag. The putter has an OG White Hot insert, and sources tell me Leishman loved the feel of the face straight away.

Xander Schauffele put a new Callaway Triple Diamond Prototype driver in play. The 9-degree (@8) head is loaded with his usual Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7X (custom black finish) shaft. Xander, like Rahm, also has the new Apex Prototype irons in play with Nippon Pro Modus3 130 X. The irons are rumored to have less offset, thinner top line, shorter blade length, and no Flash Face Cup.

Srixon

Hideki Matsuyama swapped shafts in his Srixon ZX5 driver (9.5 degrees) from a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX into a Graphite Design Tour AD MD 8X XX (that’s right). The prototype shaft is a modified XC with a soft butt section and a very stiff tip.

Free Agents

On the fashion front, Patrick Reed who parted ways with Nike at the end of 2020, showed up in head-to-toe G/Fore apparel. The coolest part about the story is that Reed was such a fan of the brand that instead of signing a deal or expecting it for free, the 2018 Masters Champion went online and put all of his gear on the old AmEx like everyone else. According to my source, he’s loved G/Fore clothing for a long time and insisted that he get it like everyone else. Well done, PR.

This is what a representative from Team G/Fore had to say

“We are happy anytime we hear someone is enjoying our products and though Patrick is not on our roster for 2021, we are glad to learn he enjoys our gear!”

Your Reaction?
  • 360
  • LEGIT37
  • WOW20
  • LOL11
  • IDHT5
  • FLOP9
  • OB3
  • SHANK26

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending