The Dubai Ladies Masters has been suspended after the death of a caddie occurred mid round.
Max Zechmann was caddieing for France’s Anne-Lise Caudal when he collapsed on the 13th fairway at the Emirates Golf Club. On-site medics attended to him before he was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The Daily Mail is reporting the cause of death as a heart attack.
Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh said:
“Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened 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.”
Carly Booth, the 24-year-old Scot playing alongside two-time LET winner Caudal and US star Blair O’Neal, described the experience as “horrendous”.
At a loss for words. The tragedy that happened today in our group really puts life into perspective. My ❤️ goes out to the family #ripMax
— Blair O’Neal (@BLAIRONEAL) December 7, 2016
Paige Spirinac tweeted about the tragedy as well, along with other saddened professionals.
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
Dreadful news out of dubai this morning.
Thoughts are with loved ones and everyone involved.@LETgolf
— Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) December 7, 2016
R.I.P Big Max Zechmann. A true gentleman. Well done @LETgolf for your act of respect too. Sad days.
— Gary Marshall (@tartancaddy) December 7, 2016
Sad day as another caddy passes in Dubai . Big Max ,lovely fella always smiling RIP pic.twitter.com/Z0sfGhbZcQ
— Simon Khan (@simonkhangolf) December 7, 2016
Very sad news.