(Reuters) – Six spectators were injured when lightning struck a tree during the third round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday, the PGA Tour said in a statement.
“At 4.45 p.m., there were two lightning strikes at East Lake Golf Club; a tree near the range/15 green/16 tee was hit, and debris from that strike injured four people,” the Tour said.
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“(Emergency personnel) tended to those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical attention.
“Our latest report is that their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.”
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The strike occurred 28 minutes after the third round had been halted when thunderstorms popped up over the course, said Tour rules official Mark Russell on the NBC broadcast.
“We knew we were going to have possibly some pop-up thunderstorms today,” Russell said.
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“When one did form right over the top of us we suspended play immediately.”
Play was suspended for the day, and will resume at 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) local time on Sunday.
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