Lightning strike at PGA Tour Championship leaves at least 6 people injured
(CNN) — At least two people were injured following lightning struck a tree in the PGA Tour Championship golf championship in Atlanta, police said on Saturday.
Five guys and a woman who sought refuge under a tree in a storm in East Lake Golf Club were wounded when lightning struck the tree, Atlanta Police Department spokesman James White stated.
They were taken to local hospitalsalert, conscious, and breathing, and to get additional medical care, White said.
Saturday evening one of the wounded was treated in the Northside Hospital and released, said the hospitals spokeswoman, Katherine Watson.
PGA Tour said in a declaration that those injured had been struck by debris and a number of these were lovers attending the tournament.
When organizers suspended drama due to inclement weather, the next round of the PGA Tour Championship was at the East Lake Golf Club on Saturday, that the PGA said.
The safety of our fans, gamers and spouses is of extreme significance, the announcement said.
30 minutes later organizers suspended activities, dual lightning struck a maintenance area and a shrub close to the tee and the range, Mark Russell, PGAs vice-president of competition, rules and administration, told reporters.
The lightning knocked debris off the shrub he added.
Russell said everyone urged to leave the route and take refuge. In addition, he stated the PGA had put a message to the warning audiences that weather approached.
You have got a great deal of individuals, and you need to do that fast and sometimes people do not take shelter, he explained.
Russell said he could not really answer the question but stated they had done what they could when asked whether there was a half dozen sufficient time to evacuate the golf program.
I wish I could say no or yes. I meanwe wanted to find everybody, the audiences the volunteers off here as the minute we saw wed hazard, and soon as we could , we suspended drama. We had about the scoreboards there was coming weather, and we got off the players, we obtained the volunteers off, he explained.
All play has been suspended for the afternoon at the season-ending tournament in which Justin Thomas leads Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. The championship is expected to resume.
The PGA Tour Championship has been held since 2004 in the East Lake Golf Club. The winner will take home $15 million together with prize money available for all participants.
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