Players caddies and officials were in mourning at the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday when a founding member of the Emirates club died suddenly on the practice range before the Pro Am.

Ashok Bakshi passed away after suffering a heart attack while warming up before the pro-am for the European Tour event.

The Emirates Golf Club was closed and the Pro Am cancelled as Mr. Bakshi, was transferred by air ambulance to hospital where he passes away.

The European Tour said he was a ''hugely popular figure throughout the golfing community in Dubai.''
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