London - Sandy Lyle was among the leading golfers paying tribute to Dave Musgrove after the veteran English caddie's death was reported by the European Tour website on Tuesday.
Musgrove, whose age was not given by the European Tour, was on the bag when golf great Seve Ballesteros won his first British Open title at Royal Lytham in 1979.
He had the distinction of helping two other players also win Major titles in Lyle and Lee Janzen.
It was his nine-year alliance with Lyle that yielded Musgrove's most successful partnership.
Musgrove was alongside the Scot when he won the 1985 British Open at Royal St George's and the 1987 Players' Championship in 1987 before helping Lyle become the first British golfer to win the Masters at Augusta National in 1988.
Later he carried Janzen's bag as the American won the 1998 US Open.
Musgrove also appeared in 45 consecutive British Opens.
"Muzzy RIP (rest in peace)," said Lyle on Twitter.
"We wrote history together at The Open, The Masters and The Players Championship. We'll miss your humour and your stories #gentleman.
"Very sad. He will be missed! Very special caddy & very special person."
South Africa's Ernie Els, also writing on Twitter, said: "Sad to hear news of Dave Musgrove's passing. We enjoyed our time together; he taught me a lot as a rookie. One of the legends!"
Meanwhile Darren Clarke, a former European Ryder Cup captain, tweeted: "Sad news about Dave Musgrove passing away. Caddied for some of the greatest players in the world. Always had time for everybody."