A caddie has died from an on-course heart attack at the Emirates Golf Club, calling a suspension to the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Max Zechmann – who carried the clubs for Ladies European Tour player Anne-Lise Caudal – suffered a cardiac arrest on the 13th fairway of the Majlis course at the prestigious Dubai club.
Zechmann was treated by paramedics on the course and rushed by ambulance to Rashid Hospital, but could not be revived. Play was suspended during the first round at 10.30am local time.
Ladies European Tour players competing at the season-ending event were ‘shocked and upset’ with the devastating scene, where temperatures reached 28°C.
Ladies European Tour statement: “First round play was suspended at 10.30am on Wednesday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters after a caddie collapsed on the 13th fairway.
After being immediately attended to by the on-site medical team, the caddie was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh commented: “Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened today by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect. On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones.”
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi said: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of this caddie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.”
Round one play will resume on Thursday and the tournament will now be played over 54 holes.”
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) December 7, 2016
Tough start today for our group to experience something so horrendous.Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Max 😪#sadday
— Carly Booth (@CarlyBooth92) December 7, 2016
Praying for the family and friends of the caddie. It just shows you that there's so much more to life than a good or bad round https://t.co/Tizleg3nc0
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) December 7, 2016