Golf world mourns the loss of LPGA rules official Doug Brecht

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The golf world says goodbye to old friend Doug Brecht

Golfers and pundits alike were deeply saddened by the death of long-time LPGA rules official Doug Brecht, who passed passed away on Friday after a three-month battle with West Nile Virus. Many remembered the 62-year-old, who was hospitalized in August during the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo, Ohio.

"What I do know for certain is that Doug loved being a part of the LPGA family, and he told me -- on numerous occasions -- that he felt blessed to have a job that he loved so much," tour commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement about the 22-year veteran of the LPGA rules team. "There was a distinctive peacefulness that always seemed to accompany Doug. No doubt, he is in a place of peace now and he will always be remembered for his kind heart and many gifts."

Twitter reactions from players -- past and present -- as well as those outside the ropes were swift and heartfelt.

Meg Mallon @MegMallonUSA -- My heart hurts for my friend Stephanie Brecht. I am going to miss my great talks with Doug. Rest in Peace my friend your LPGA family loves U

Annika Sorenstam @ANNIKA59 -- Sad news from the @lpga. Our friend and true supporter Doug Brecht has passed. He will be missed.

@ronsirak-- @LPGA rules official Doug Brecht, who died last night of West Nile Virus, defended the integrity of golf. He was a protecter of the tour.

Anna Nordqvist @ANordqvist -- The LPGA family lost a beloved member today in rules official Doug Brecht. He made golf a better game. RIP Doug.

Lexi Thompson @Lexi -- Very sad about the loss of a very special person to the @lpga Doug Brecht, you will always b in our hearts.our prayers r with your family

Dottie Pepper @DottieandBogey -- Few people truly make the world a better place. We just lost one in the @lpga's Doug Brecht. Prayers with Steph and their entire family.

@SophieGustafson -- We lost a great one today. Our long time rules official Doug Brecht has passed. Sad day for our LPGA family. You will be dearly missed Doug

Brittany Lincicome @Brittany1golf -- lost a member of our LPGA family today Doug Brecht. Beloved rules official. Husband. Awesome person. He will be very much missed by all.

Cristie Kerr @CKGolferChic -- RIP Doug Brecht. Beloved LPGA rules official. Husband. Great person.

@TheChristinaKim -- Doug Brecht, you were always an admirable man. Always upheld the integrity of the game of golf. You will be missed sorely, rest in peace

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