European Tour

Brooks wins in Madeira

2014-05-12 11:20
Daniel Brooks (Gallo Images)

Madeira - England's Daniel Brooks made par on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the fog-shortened Madeira Islands Open, which was overshadowed by the death of a caddie earlier in the day.

Scott Henry, who had birdied the last three holes to force a playoff, three-putted for bogey on the first extra hole to finish second.

However, some European Tour members said the tournament should have been stopped after Ian MacGregor, the 52-year-old Zimbabwe-born caddie to Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on the ninth fairway - Forsyth's final hole.

The event, which had already been shortened to 36 holes because of a series of fog delays, was halted again after the delay but restarted following a minute's silence.

"Can't believe they are going to keep playing in Madeira," Pablo Larrazabal, who was not in the tournament, wrote on Twitter. "Life is more important than golf."

France's Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, who missed the first-round cut, also wrote: "There is no respect anymore. How you can even walk on the 9th fairway."

However, European Tour officials said they had consulted with players and caddies before deciding to play on. Forsyth said it was the right decision.

"I felt that was what Mac would have wanted," Forsyth said. "He was a guy I've known for 15 years and he was very popular among the caddies. Obviously my thoughts go out to his family. For something like that to happen so suddenly is so sad. He's far too young and he had no problem carrying bags around a golf course so I didn't see an awful lot wrong with him.

"He was the life and soul of the caddies' lounge, a good laugh and nice guy. I'm absolutely numb."

Brooks shot a 5-under 67 to sit tied with Henry (68) at 9-under 135 after the second and final round.

Four players, including Spanish duo Jordi Garcia Pinto and Antonio Hortal, were three shots back in a tie for third.

Leading final round scores in the Madeira Islands Open, Santo da Serra, Portugal on Sunday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 72). Note: Tournament shortened to 36 holes because of fog.

135 - Daniel Brooks 68 67 (Daniel Brooks won at the first playoff hole) Scott Henry 67 68

138 - Jordi Garcia pinto (ESP) 69 69, Antonio Hortal (ESP) 69 69, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 70 68, Julien Guerrier (FRA) 69 69

139 - Martin Wiegele (AUT) 69 70, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 71 68, Johan Edfors (SWE) 70 69

140 - Jose-Filipe Lima (POR) 69 71, Steven Tiley 72 68

141 - Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA) 70 71, Adrien Saddier (FRA) 71 70, Christopher Mivis (BEL) 71 70, Anthony Snobeck (FRA) 74 67

142 - Edouard Espana (FRA) 73 69, Lukas Nemecz (AUT) 72 70, Bjorn Akesson (SWE) 72 70, Brinson Paolini (USA) 73 69, Scott Arnold (AUS) 71 71, Jens Dantorp (SWE) 71 71, Chris Paisley 72 70, Bradley Dredge 72 70

143 - Pontus Widegren (SWE) 71 72, Tain Lee (USA) 72 71, Jason Palmer 73 70, Adam Gee 73 70, Estanislao Goya (ARG) 73 70, Phillip Price 72 71, Rhys Davies 72 71, Lloyd Kennedy 68 75, Oliver Fisher 72 71, Tiago Cruz (POR) 73 70, Cyril Bouniol (FRA) 70 73, Andrew Marshall 69 74, Pedro Oriol (ESP) 69 74, David Higgins 72 71, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 72 71

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