Multiple people struck by lightning at PGA Tour Championship

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

"They had no where to go", and that "Unfortunately, when it rains people stand under trees too, and that is the worst place to be".

Uhl said the people on the ground were moving around before the ambulances arrived.

The Atlanta Fire Department told CBS News that four adults and one female juvenile who had sought shelter beneath the tree were injured.

The players had already been taken into the clubhouse before the lightning struck, according to NBC Philadelphia.

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The PGA Tour does not issue attendance figures but Saturday's crowd was clearly the largest of this tournament week, as Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka sat atop the leaderboard.

Third-round play at the Tour Championship was suspended due to the incident.

Russell said signs were posted on scoreboards of severe weather approaching. "We understand they're not life-threatening injuries". And there's a lot of other days when we look at it and we see, as it was today - I believe it was a 50 to 60% chance of storms from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon - and we just have to evaluate it and make our best decision when we make the schedule. You've got a lot of people, and you have to do that quickly'.

The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee shortly before 5 p.m., shattering the bark all the way to the bottom. Russell said they were aware of a forecast for storms, but he described them as "pop-up thunderstorms".

Tyler Dennis, a senior vice-president of competitions for the PGA Tour, said: "We have a professional meteorologist that's on site every week on all of our tours, forecasting the weather".

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