Six folks have been injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine on the Tour Championship the place they have been taking cowl from rain and showered them with particles, Atlanta police stated.
The third spherical of the season-ending PGA Tour occasion had been suspended for about 30 minutes due to storms within the space, and followers have been instructed to hunt shelter. The strike hit the highest of the tree simply off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way in which to the underside.
Brad Uhl of Atlanta was amongst these crammed below a hospital tent to the precise of the 16th gap that was open to the general public.
“There was only a massive explosion after which an aftershock so robust you possibly can really feel the wind from it,” Ulh stated after the final of the ambulances pulled out of the golf course. “It was only a flash out of the nook of the attention. It was raining and everybody was huddled close to the tree.”
Uhl stated the folks on the bottom have been shifting round earlier than the ambulances arrived.
Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III stated 5 males and one feminine juvenile had sought shelter beneath a tree. Lightning struck the tree and all six have been injured. He stated there have been taken to hospitals for additional remedy, all of them alert, acutely aware and respiration.
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Ambulances streamed into the non-public membership about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta, the place 30 gamers are competing for the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. The gamers already had been taken into the clubhouse earlier than lightning hit, and earlier than lengthy East Lake was hit with a ground-shaking clap of thunder.
Justin Thomas, who had a one-shot lead by way of 5 holes when play was halted, stated gamers have been consuming within the clubhouse when “it felt like the whole clubhouse shook” from the thunder clap.
“The primary I heard something was from one among my pals who got here out to look at,” Thomas stated. “He stated, ‘Dude, I believe somebody obtained struck by lightning proper subsequent to us.’ After which phrase began spreading.”
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Thomas stated he had left tickets for an additional good friend who was on the alternative aspect of the place the tree was hit.
The PGA Tour canceled the remainder of golf Saturday, with the spherical to renew at eight a.m. Sunday, adopted by the ultimate spherical.
Final week on the BMW Championship within the Chicago suburbs, Phil Mickelson was delayed attending to the golf course when lightning struck the highest of his lodge, inflicting a precautionary evacuation.