ATLANTA (AP) – Six men were injured on Saturday when a 60-foot pine lightning hit the Tournament where they were covering the rain and giving them debris, Atlanta police said.
- Victims had sought shelter under a tree
- The event was suspended due to storms in the area
- The police say the 6 victims were conscious and breathing
The third round of PGA Tour event ended season suspended for about 30 minutes due to storms in the area, and instructed fans to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree straight from the 16th tee and broke the bark all the way to the bottom of the tree.
Brad Uhl from Atlanta was cared for in a hospitality tent on the right hand side of the 16th hole which was open to the public.
“There was only a big explosion and then you could see the wind apart,” said Uhl after the last of the ambulances was pulling out of the golf course. “There was only a flash from the corner of the eye. It was raining and everyone was bundled close to the tree. ”
Uhl said that the people on the ground were moving around before the ambulances arrived.
Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III said five men and one female youth had sought shelter under the tree that struck lightning. He said that they were taken to hospitals for extra treatment, all on the alert, mentally and breathing.
Ambulances streamed into the private club about 6 miles east of the center of Atlanta, where 30 players compete for the FedEx Cup and their prize is $ 15 million. The players were already taken into the clubhouse before they were struck by lightning, and before a clap of thunder was hit in the East East beforehand.
Mark Russell, vice president of the PGA Tour rules and contests, said there were two lightning strikes on the maintenance area and the tree of the 16th hole.
Justin Thomas, who had a one-shot lead through five holes when he stopped playing, said that the players were eating in the clubhouse when he “felt like the whole clubhouse shook” from the clamp.
There were no deaths from lightning events which were approved for a PGA tour since summer 1991. One man was killed and five lightning was injured by the United States. Open at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis. Two months later a man was struck and killed by lightning which walked to his car during a storm storm at Crooked Stick's PGA Championship in Indiana.
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