Caddie Collapses And Tragically Dies In PGA Tour Latinoamerica Event

Caddie Collapses And Tragically Dies In PGA Tour Latinoamerica Event

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The PGA Tour Latinoamerica suffered yet another tragic loss as caddie, Alberto Olguin, collapsed on the ninth tee box before sadly passing away in hospital.

Caddie Collapses And Tragically Dies In PGA Tour Latinoamerica Event

During the first round of the Dev Series Final, Alberto Olguin, of Mexico City, collapsed on the ninth tee box as his player, Venezuelan Manuel Torres, played his final hole on Thursday.

In a release, “emergency personnel arrived at the course, performed CPR on Olguin and transported him to a nearby hospital, where he died.” Olguin collapsed at approximately 4 pm ET and was pronounced dead at 4.57 pm.

Torres, who bravely continued to compete in the event, finished with a 72 in the first round and shot a three-under-par 69 on Friday to be tied for 14th place. The Tour announced that it plans to honour Olguin later this week.

Caddies Passes Away PGA Tour LatinoAmerica

Torres during the second round of the 2019 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic. (Photo by Janiel Dickenson/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The unfortunate incident occurred just four months after Colombian caddie, Jose Edgar Preciado, suffered a fatal heart attack at his hotel after the second round of the Latinoamerica’s Holcim Colombia Classic.

Paramedics responded and administered emergency treatment, but Preciado was pronounced dead at 4.58 pm local time. After consultation with all tournament stakeholders, PGA Tour Latinoamerica officials made the decision to continue the competition, with the Tour honouring Preciado on the Saturday of the event.

Matt Cradock
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.