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Caddie legend Martin Roy passes suddenly

September 14, 2015

Martin Roy, one of the most famous caddies in golf, died unexpectedly at the age of 59.

"We have been overwhelmed by the messages we have received from across the world," said Roy's daughter, Ailsa, to the United Kingdom's Daily Record. "We didn't realize just how many lives he touched."

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Roy was the caddie master at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, and was the first non-American to be elected into the Caddie Hall of Fame. He also carried the bag for famous personalities such as President George H.W. Bush and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

"Martin was a fixture beside the first tee of the Championship Course for more than 25 years," read a Carnoustie Golf Links statement. "During that time he became a friend to countless golfers, golf tour operators and colleagues.

“However his greatest affection was always for the caddies who worked for him. He treated everyone the same, and delighted in the stories the caddies delivered to him on a regular basis."

Roy had a history of health issues. He suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011 and reportedly had a stroke last October. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with epilepsy.