Very sad to hear of the passing of 64 year old Champions Tour caddie Garry Hanchera from a heart attack whilst caddying for Gene Jones during the final round of Q School.

Jones was playing the back nine at TPC Scottsdale when Hanchera collapsed.  He passed away minutes later after attempts at CPR failed.

The incident reminds of April 2014 when Iain McGregor.  The 52 year old died after suffering a heart attack while working for Alastair Forsyth at the Madeira Open.

I cant speak for the PGA Tour but given this latest news, surely the issue of caddie well being and welfare needs to be high on the agenda of Keith Pelley and the European Tour.

Has anything changed since Mac died?

One of the most popular posts this year was one by player Eddie Pepperell who painted a picture of caddies still being treated as second class citizens on Tour.

Two weeks ago at the Czech Masters, our players lounge was under the same roof as the caddies lounge. That’s about where the similarities end unfortunately. While we tucked into some organic chicken with vegetables and pasta, free of charge, the caddies were dishing out their own money for sausages and cheese! This pissed me off on so many levels. At what point do the Tour, or the promoters of the event think it is fair for caddies to be paying for their food (and water) when the players, who let’s be honest, are by contrast considerably wealthier, get theirs for free.
Please Mr Pelley, seize the opportunity to do something good for the caddies.

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