Cape Town - The
first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending championship
of the Ladies European Tour, was suspended on Wednesday after the death of
Austrian Maximillian Zechmann, a former caddie on the European Tour,
collapsed on the 13th fairway and received on-site treatment from the
medical team before being taken to hospital where he was later
"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 first round play as a mark of respect," said Ladies
European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh.
"On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones."
The 55-year-old Zechmann is understood to have retired in 2014 and
settled in Dubai. Among his former players are Austrian Marcus Brier. He
is survived by his wife Elinor and three sons.
American Beth Allen, who is assured of winning the Order of Merit
this week, said: "I 100 percent agree with the decision that was made
out of respect for him and his family. I don’t think anybody has any
qualms about it."
Round one play will resume on Thursday and the tournament will now be played over 54 holes.
Among those who had started their rounds, the start of which was
delayed by an hour because of fog, were England’s Floretyna Parker, who
was seven-under par after nine holes, and Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne
Woods, who was second at four-under par after six.