Cad­die dies at tour­ney in Dubai

Open­ing round sus­pended af­ter vet­eran col­lapses

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Dubai

A vet­eran cad­die died af­ter col­laps­ing on the 13th fair­way of the Dubai Ladies Masters on Wed­nes­day, forc­ing the sus­pen­sion of the open­ing round of the sea­son-end­ing cham­pi­onship on the Ladies Euro­pean Tour.

Aus­trian Max Zech­mann, 56, who for­merly cad­died on the men’s Euro­pean Tour, re­ceived on-site treat­ment from a med­i­cal team be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to hospi­tal, where he was later pro­nounced dead.

The cause of Zech­mann’s death was not im­me­di­ately made pub­lic, but lo­cal me­dia said he had a heart at­tack.

“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 firstround play as a mark of re­spect,” said Ladies Euro­pean Tour CEO Ivan Khod­abakhsh.

“On be­half of our en­tire Tour mem­ber­ship, we of­fer heart­felt con­do­lences to the in­di­vid­ual’s fam­ily and loved ones.”

There was an out­pour­ing of grief within the golf world, with many of the sport’s big­gest names of­fer­ing their con­do­lences.

“Very sad to see the pass­ing of another cad­die. I have done many rounds with Big Max. Thoughts go out to his fam­ily and friends,” tweeted Bri­tain’s Ian Poul­ter.

Thomas Bjorn, who on Tues­day was named cap­tain of Team Europe for the 2018 Ry­der Cup, tweeted: “Dread­ful news out of Dubai this morn­ing. Our thoughts are with loved ones and ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Dubai-based Zech­mann, who was cad­dy­ing for France’s Anne-Lise Cau­dal at Emi­rates Golf Club, is sur­vived by his wife and three sons.

Amer­i­can Beth Allen, who is as­sured of win­ning the or­der of merit this week, said there was no ques­tion the first round of the tour­na­ment should be halted.

“I 100 per­cent agree with the de­ci­sion that was made out of re­spect for Max and his fam­ily. I don’t think any­body has any qualms about it at all,” Allen said.

Play will re­sume on Thurs­day, and the tour­na­ment will now be played over 54 holes.

Among those who had started their round, which was de­layed by an hour be­cause of fog, were Eng­land’s Floren­tyna Parker, who was 7-un­der af­ter nine holes, and Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne Woods, who was sec­ond at 4-un­der.

In May 2014, vet­eran cad­die Ian MacGre­gor died of a heart at­tack while cad­dy­ing for Scot­land’s Alis­tair Forsyth at the Madeira Is­lands Open in Por­tu­gal.

Park Tae-hwan of South Korea cel­e­brates win­ning the 200m freestyle at the FINA short course world cham­pi­onships in Wind­sor, Canada, on Wed­nes­day. An Olympic cham­pion in Bei­jing in 2008 and a dou­ble sil­ver medal­ist at the 2012 Lon­don Games, Park failed to medal in Rio af­ter serv­ing a drugs ban. Wed­nes­day’s gold was his sec­ond in Wind­sor, af­ter win­ning the 400m ti­tle on Tues­day.

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