Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale

Multiple Fans Struck By Lightning At Tour Championship [UPDATE]

Fans Injured After Lightning Strikes at Tour Championship

Two lightning strikes occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. Six people - five men and a girl - were injured as a result from the lightning strike had been taken by ambulance for further medical attention.

The PGA did not provide a specific update as to the conditions of those six spectators however they did say that their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Professional golf tournaments became far more vigilant about stopping play amid the threat of lightning after two spectators were killed at separate major championships in the United States in 1991.

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Organizers of the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, halted play at around 4:17 p.m. (2017 UTC/GMT) as thunderstorms moved into the area, the association said in a press release. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event was suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter.

"We have a meteorologist on site". In the clip, you can see the massive lightning bolt hit a tree, which then bursts into flames, leaving a cloud of black smoke in its wake.

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Play in the tournament was suspended for the day after the lightning strike. Players and caddies were removed from the course at that time, and fans were encouraged to seek shelter.

"Absolutely, we should have but the Tour has been doing this a long time and has made a lot of great decisions", he told Golf Channel.

An hour before the lightning struck on Saturday, Heavy reporter Jonathon Adams, who was on the scene at the East Lake Golf Course, snapped a photo of the darkening skies in Atlanta.

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Mark Russell, a vice-president of rules at the US PGA Tour, said moving up tee times was never a consideration because weather forecast only showed a chance of "pop-up thunderstorms". He survived and went on to win two U.S. Opens, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in June.

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