Lightning strike at PGA Tour Championship leaves at least 6 people injured

(CNN) — At least six people were injured after lightning struck a tree at the PGA Tour Championship golf championship at Atlanta, police said Saturday.
Five guys and a girl who sought shelter beneath a tree were hurt when lightning hit the tree, Atlanta Police Department spokesman James White explained.
They had been taken to nearby hospitals“alert, conscious, and breathing, for further medical treatment,“ White stated.
One of the injured released Saturday evening and was treated in the Northside Hospital, “ said Katherine Watson, the spokeswoman of the hospital.
PGA Tour stated that debris had struck those injured and a few of these were lovers attending the tournament.
The third round of the PGA Tour Championship was at the East Lake Golf Club on Saturday when organizers suspended play due to inclement weather, that the PGA said.
„The protection of our fans, gamers and partners is of the utmost importance,“ the announcement said.
A tree and a care area struck near also the driving range and the 16th tee Almost 30 minutes after actions were suspended by organizers, PGA’s vice-president of rules, Mark Russell, administration and competition, told reporters on Saturday.
The lightning knocked on debris off the shrub , wounding many individuals, he added.
Russell stated organizers urged everyone take shelter and to leave the path. He also explained the PGA had set a message on the scoreboards warning audiences that weather approached.
„You have got a great deal of people, and you need to do that quickly and sometimes folks do not take refuge,“ he explained.
Russell said he could answer the issue but said they had done what they could when asked whether there was a half-hour sufficient time to safely evacuate the golf program.
„I wish I can say yes or no. I mean, we wanted to find everybody, the audiences, the gamers, the volunteers off as soon as we could, and the second we saw we had hazard we suspended play. We had on the scoreboards that there was coming weather, and we’ve got the players off, we got off the volunteers,“ he explained.
All play was suspended for the afternoon at the season-ending tournament where Justin Thomas contributes Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. Sunday morning, the championship is expected to resume.
The PGA Tour Championship has been held as 2004 in the East Lake Golf Club. The winner will take home $15 million with prize money readily available for many participants.

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