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Golf-Tour Apologises For Upset Caused After Caddie's Death


LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) - The European Tour has apologised to the Caddies Association for the "hurt and upset" caused following the sudden death of bagmanIain 'Mac' McGregor at the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday.

The tour has been criticised for continuing with the Madeira event after the 52-year-old Zimbabwean, caddying for Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, died of a heart attack during the final round.

The tournament was briefly halted but then resumed after discussions with players and bagmen.

Tour chief executive George O'Grady travelled to this week's Spanish Open in Girona to hold talks with the Caddies Association in a meeting that was also attended by Players Tournament Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn.

"We had a full and frank meeting with (Association) chairman Gerry Byrne and his committee, a meeting which was understandably emotional at times and one during which I apologised to them for the hurt and upset caused by events inMadeira," O'Grady said in a statement on Saturday.

"I completely understand the views of people who say we should not have carried on but it was a terrible situation for anyone to be in and the decision to finish the tournament was not taken lightly, either by myself or by the tournament officials on the ground.

"However, that decision is in the past and the important thing now is we continue to work with Mac's family and friends - as we have done from Sunday - to assist with arrangements surrounding the funeral which will take place in Madeira on Thursday," said O'Grady.