Lightning strike at PGA Tour Championship leaves at least 6 people injured
(CNN) — At least two people were hurt after lightning struck a tree at the PGA Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta, authorities said on Saturday.
Five guys and a girl who sought shelter under a tree during a storm at East Lake Golf Club were injured when lightning struck the tree, then Atlanta Police Department spokesman James White stated.
They were taken to nearby hospitalsalert, conscious, and breathing, to get additional medical care, White said.
Saturday evening, one of the wounded was treated in the Northside Hospital and published, said Katherine Watson.
PGA Tour explained in a declaration that those injured had been struck by debris and a number of these were fans.
When organizers suspended play due to inclement weather the third round of the PGA Tour Championship was underway at the East Lake Golf Club on Saturday, that the PGA Explained.
The protection of our fans, gamers and spouses is of the utmost significance, the statement said.
Almost 30 minutes after actions were suspended by organizers, a care area and a shrub struck near also the driving range and also the 16th tee, Mark Russell, PGAs vice-president of competition rules and administration, told reporters on Saturday.
The lightning knocked debris off the shrub he added.
Russell said organizers encouraged everyone take refuge and to leave the track. In addition, he said the PGA had set a message to the scoreboards warning spectators that severe weather approached.
Youve got a lot of individuals, and you have to do that fast and sometimes people do not take shelter, he explained.
Russell said he could answer the question but said they had done, when asked if there was a half-hour sufficient time to evacuate the golf program.
I wish I can say no or yes. I mean, we wanted to get everybody, the spectators, the players, the volunteers off as the moment we saw we had hazard, and soon as we could we suspended play. We had about the scoreboards that there was forthcoming climate, and weve got the players off, we obtained off the volunteers, he explained.
All play has been suspended for the afternoon in the tournament where Justin Thomas contributes Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy. The tournament is expected to resume Sunday morning.
The PGA Tour Championship was held as 2004 in the East Lake Golf Club. The winner will take home $15 million together with prize money readily available for most participants.
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