Brooks wins Madeira Islands after caddie dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Daniel Brooks made par on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the fog-shortened Madeira Islands Open, which was overshadowed by the death of a caddie earlier in the day.

Scott Henry, who had birdied the last three holes to force a playoff, three-putted for bogey on the first extra hole to finish second.

However, some European Tour members said the tournament should have been stopped after Ian MacGregor, the 52-year-old Zimbabwe-born caddy to Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the ninth fairway — Forsyth's final hole.

The event, which had already been shortened to 36 holes because of a series of fog delays, was halted again after the delay but restarted following a minute's silence.

"Can't believe they are going to keep playing in Madeira," Pablo Larrazabal, who was not in the tournament, wrote on Twitter. "Life is more important than golf."

France's Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, who missed the first-round cut, also wrote: "There is no respect anymore. How you can even walk on the 9th fairway."

However, European Tour officials said they had consulted with players and caddies before deciding to play on. Forsyth said it was the right decision.