Bushey golfer Callum Shinkwin believes the decision to continue the Madeira Islands Open after the death of caddie Iain McGregor was the right one

Watford Observer: 'I feel they did the right thing', says Shinkwin 'I feel they did the right thing', says Shinkwin

Bushey golfer Callum Shinkwin believes the decision to continue the Madeira Islands Open following the death of Alastair Forsyth's caddie Iain McGregor was the right one.

McGregor suffered a heart attack at the ninth hole at the Santo da Serra course on Sunday. The tournament, after much discussion, continued and Daniel Brooks finished first after beating Scott Henry in a play-off.

While several players stated the competition should have been halted, Shinkwin believes tournament organisers made the tough but correct choice to continue.

He said: "It is very sad and the mood around the course was very down. Ultimately though I do feel they made the right decision.

"The tournament director said he was a guy who had a real passion for the sport, it can’t have been easy for them to decide continue but I feel they did the right thing."

The event was reduced to 36 holes as heavy fog saw play abandoned on Thursday and Saturday.

Shinkwin carded a par 72 on Friday but struggled on Sunday. He ended three over par after posting a second round of 75 which meant he finished in 60th position.

Shinkwin said: "We managed to get out there on the Friday but the next day we couldn’t play again because of the fog.

"I spent the day at the hotel. It was really warm and sunny there and I got quite badly sun-burnt which affected my performance on the Sunday."

The 20-year-old, who practices at Moor Park Golf Club, was due to compete at the Turkish Airlines Challenge this week but decided to return to England after the event in Portugal.

"I am still feeling the effects of the sun burn and I wouldn’t have been able to play," he admitted.

"I still haven’t been able to hit a golf ball since Sunday so instead of spending more money staying out there, I decided to come home.

"There’s a tournament in Austria next week that I can’t enter. but I’ll be looking to go the Czech Republic tournament at the end of the month. It’s somewhere I’ve not been before but hopefully I can do well out there."

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