Lawrie retires as "mark of respect" as caddie pal dies suddenly

The late Iain McGregor

Peter Lawrie retired from the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI as a mark of respect following the sudden death of caddie and friend Iain McGregor at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra.

The popular 52-year old Zimbabwean passed away shortly after collapsing on the ninth fairway and while many players were upset that the European Tour resumed play, the tour explained that it respected the wishes of his player, Scotland's Alastair Forsyth.

Forsyth paid tribute to the man affectionately known as "Mac", explaining that he would have wanted the tournament to finish.

“Everybody is in shock," Forsyth told “To see that happen to someone in front of your eyes - I don’t know how or when you get over that.

“Myself and playing partners Adam (Gee) and Tano (Goya) met Tournament Officials and spoke to George O’Grady on the phone before taking the decision to play on, because we felt that was what Mac would have wanted.

“He was a guy I've known for 15 years and was very popular amongst the caddies. Obviously my thoughts go out to his family at this time. For something like this to happen so suddenly is so sad.

“He was far too young for this to happen. He was the life and soul of the caddies’ lounge and a nice guy who will be sorely missed. I'm absolutely numb.”

Lawrie was four over par with two holes of the second round to play when the bad news came through and opted not to play on.

"I withdrew as a remark of respect because a friend died on the ninth fairway," Lawrie explained via SMS.

The Dubliner had known "Mac" for 12 years.

The weather reduced event ended with England's Daniel Brooks claiming his maiden win by beating Scott Henry in a play-off.

Daniel Brooks. 

It was a dramatic finale to a tournament which had been reduced to 36 holes due to adverse weather conditions, as Henry birdied the final three holes to card a four under par 68, move to nine under alongside Brooks and force extra holes.

It was a par that sealed the play-off victory for the Englishman, who had carded a five under final round of 67, after he knocked his approach from the middle of the fairway to 12 feet past the pin in the first extra hole.

Henry’s second shot fell 25 feet to the right of the pin and the Scotsman came up three feet short with his birdie attempt, before Brooks’ putt slid past the hole leaving an easy par.

When Henry missed his par putt, Brooks was left to tap in for a first win and, while the 27 year old was delighted to add a European Tour trophy to the cabinet, he found it hard to celebrate after the tragic events earlier in the afternoon.

“It’s great to get a win, but it’s not nice to do it in these circumstances,” said the Essex native, who moved from 129th to 78th in The Race to Dubai as winnings were cut by 75% for the purposes of the rankings due to the reduction in holes. “It’s horrible what happened out there so my condolences go out to all of his family.

"I'm over the moon to have won on The European Tour but I played good golf for the last few days so I'm happy with that.

Henry said: “I'm obviously disappointed to be beaten in a play-off but after the week and everything that’s happened, it puts things into perspective.”

David Higgins finished tied 24th on one under after rounds of 72 and 71 with Gareth Shaw 52nd on two over after a pair of 73s.

Madeira based Dara Ford was 68th on six over after rounds of 74 and 76.

Lawrie, who will not play in this week's Spanish Open at PGA Catalunya Resort as it co-incides with his daughter's first communion, will return to action for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Complete final scores:

Play-off: Brooks, 4; Henry 5

135 D Brooks (Eng) 68 67, S Henry  (Sco) 67 68,

138 F Zanotti (Par) 70 68, J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 69 69, J Guerrier  (Fra) 69 69, A Hortal  (Esp) 69 69, 

139 J Edfors (Swe) 70 69, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 71 68, M Wiegele  (Aut) 69 70,

140 J Lima  (Por) 69 71, S Tiley (Eng) 72 68,

141 T Van Der Walt (RSA) 70 71, A Snobeck  (Fra) 74 67, C Mivis  (Bel) 71 70, A Saddier (Fra) 71 70,

142 B Åkesson (Swe) 72 70, J Dantorp (Swe) 71 71, E Espana (Fra) 73 69, B Paolini (USA) 73 69, L Nemecz (Aut) 72 70, S Arnold  (Aus) 71 71, B Dredge (Wal) 72 70, C Paisley  (Eng) 72 70,

143 O Fisher  (Eng) 72 71, C Bouniol (Fra) 70 73, P Price (Wal) 72 71, A Gee  (Eng) 73 70, T Lee (USA) 72 71, L Kennedy  (Eng) 68 75, D Higgins (Irl) 72 71, R Davies (Wal) 72 71, E Goya (Arg) 73 70, T Cruz  (Por) 73 70, P Oriol (Esp) 69 74, L Gagli  (Ita) 72 71, P Widegren  (Swe) 71 72, A Marshall (Eng) 69 74, J Palmer (Eng) 73 70,

144 K Benz (Sui) 72 72, C Aguilar  (Esp) 70 74, H Santos  (Por) 73 71, J Morrison  (Eng) 72 72, D Gaunt (Eng) 74 70, P Sjöland (Swe) 74 70, S Walker (Eng) 72 72, C Arendell (USA) 73 71, M Lundberg (Swe) 74 70,

145 F Bergamaschi (Ita) 73 72, S Hutsby  (Eng) 73 72, B An (Kor) 74 71, P Relecom  (Bel) 74 71,

146 R Santos  (Por) 72 74, D Vancsik (Arg) 74 72, C Lloyd (Eng) 72 74, M Jonzon (Swe) 73 73, D Law (Sco) 74 72, J Legarrea (Esp) 74 72, J Fahrbring (Swe) 73 73, G Shaw (Nir) 73 73,

147 C Shinkwin (Eng) 72 75, E Dubois (Fra) 73 74, A Domingo (Esp) 72 75, 

148 S Brown (Eng) 71 77, A Forsyth (Sco) 73 75, M Grönberg (Swe) 73 75, J Carlota (am) (Por) 69 79,

149 G Woolgar (Eng) 73 76,

150 D Ford (Irl) 74 76, T Linard (Fra) 74 76,

151 M Delpodio  (Ita) 74 77, D Ulrich (Sui) 74 77,

152 A Rota (Ita) 74 78, 

** A Kaleka  (Fra) 73 RT, P Lawrie (Irl) 73 RT, T Pieters  (Bel) 74 RT,

75 B Evans  (Eng) 75, O Stark (Swe) 75, T Nørret (Den) 75, P Archer (Eng) 75, J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 75, J Elson  (Eng) 75, C Hanson (Eng) 75, A McArthur  (Sco) 75, N Henriques  (Por) 75, R Kind (Ned) 75, G Lockerbie  (Eng) 75, R Finch  (Eng) 75, P Figueiredo  (Por) 75, A Hartø  (Den) 75, A Velasco (Esp) 75, W Huang (Chn) 75, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 75, G Murray  (Sco) 75, N Johansson (Swe) 75, J Rodriguez Martin (Esp) 75, J Garcia Del Moral (Esp) 75, B Ritthammer (Ger) 75,

76 J Winther (Den) 76, S Little (Eng) 76, D Coupland (Eng) 76, G Porteous (Eng) 76, N Quintarelli (Ita) 76, M Tullo (Chi) 76, J Doherty  (Sco) 76, R McEvoy  (Eng) 76, A Johnston (Eng) 76, J Huldahl (Den) 76, J Rask (Swe) 76, A Björk (Swe) 76, R McGee (Irl) 76, M Ford (Eng) 76, C Brazillier  (Fra) 76, N Lemke (Swe) 76, D Im (USA) 76, J Gonnet  (Fra) 76,

77 D Frittelli (RSA) 77, M Lafeber (Ned) 77, J Roos (RSA) 77, L Goddard  (Eng) 77, D Kemmer (USA) 77, D Stewart (Sco) 77, P Martin Benavides (Esp) 77, J Abbott (Eng) 77, R Russell (Sco) 77, O Farr (Wal) 77, G Watremez (Bel) 77, W Besseling  (Ned) 77, M Korhonen (Fin) 77, S Wakefield (Eng) 77, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 77, J Sousa (Por) 77, J Barnes (Eng) 77,

78 O Wilson (Eng) 78, J Lagergren (Swe) 78, V Phillips (Eng) 78, K Phelan (Irl) 78, B Stone (RSA) 78, M Hensby (Aus) 78,

79 P Maddy (Eng) 79, T Sluiter  (Ned) 79, J Heath  (Eng) 79, G Pinto (Por) 79,

80 T Pulkkanen  (Fin) 80, D Gavins (Eng) 80, J Sandelin (Swe) 80, J Sjöholm (Swe) 80, J Kennegard  (Swe) 80, M Haastrup  (Den) 80,

82 P Edberg (Swe) 82, M Novy  (Cze) 82,

83 J Lara (Esp) 83,

84 O Floren  (Swe) 84, P Kinnear (am) (Eng) 84, 

87 N Connolly (Eng) 87, 

** L Bjerregaard  (Den) DQ, R Coles (Eng) DQ,