Caddie dies during Dubai Ladies Masters

The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters has been suspended after a caddie collapsed and died later in hospital.

Just four holes into her opening round, player Anne-Lise Caudal watched as the man carrying her bag collapsed.

He was treated to on the course before he was taken to a hospital and confirmed dead.

The man has not yet been named.

The first round has since been suspended.

Play will resume on Thursday and the tournament will now only be 54 holes.

Players and officials were understandably shocked as they consoled each other at the Emirates Golf Club.

Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh said: "Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first-round play as a mark of respect.

"On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual's family and loved ones."

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai said: "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of this caddie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace."