The Dubai Ladies Masters encountered a tragic event in the first round of the tournament with a caddie losing his life after collapsing at the Emirates Golf Club.
Maximilian Zechmann was the caddie for France’s Ann-Lise Caudel when he suddenly fell unconscious on the 13th fairway.
Medics attended to him immediately as the 56-year-old was being taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.
BBC Sport quoted Ladies’ European Tour CEO, Ivan Khodabakhsh saying: “We are extremely shocked and saddened by this and have suspended play as a mark of respect.”
The tournament that commenced on December 7, was cancelled for the day shortly after with as many as 54 players yet to begin their round.
The opening stage will now be completed on Thursday while official sources confirm the event will be reduced to 54 holes.
Scotland star Carly Booth, who was playing in the same group as Caudel, later tweeted: “Tough start today for our group to experience something so horrendous. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Max.”
Condolences poured in from various sources as stalwarts like Thomas Bjorn wrote: “Dreadful news out of Dubai this morning. Thoughts are with loved ones and everyone involved. RIP”
English golfer Ian Poulter also took to social media saying: “Very sad to see the passing of another caddie. Done many rounds with Big Max. #RIP thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
Zechmann was a popular figure having caddied for several players on the European Tour, including Austrian ace Markus Brier and German professional Marcel Siem as well.
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