Six people were injured at the East Lake Golf Club on Saturday when a lightning hit a tree at the southern end of the square. The incident occurred less than 30 minutes after the third round of the PGA Tour Championship had been suspended due to weather.
The PGA Tour issued an updated statement on the accident on Sunday:
The Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire and Rescue have confirmed that five people were injured and transported to nearby hospitals. A sixth person was treated at the scene and released. Everyone was released from the hospital last night.
The safety and wellbeing of our fans and players is our top priority, and we were with those who were treated until they were released from the local hospitals. We are deeply grateful that the injuries were not more severe, and we are proud of the team's combined efforts to quickly serve our fans during this scary event.
Also, officials were brought to the field late in the afternoon to assess the integrity of the beaten pine tree and determine if it was safe. In addition, several ShotLink devices were damaged by the flash and replaced overnight.
CNN contacted one of the injured viewers who described what the experience felt like:
Reports of terrible weather in the afternoon arrived all day on Saturday, but the tour championship continued with the start times of the participants as planned. They started at 1 pm with Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, the two front runners in the competition. Mark Russell, vice president of the PGA Tour for Rules and Competitions, more or less told ESPN that although officials knew of the incoming storms, the officials were playing the odds when it came to allowing play.
Situation in which there were heavy thunderstorms, "said Mark Russell, vice president of rules and competitions at PGA Tour. "We have a meteorologist on the staff. We can monitor that. And we often get lucky and are not hit by thunderstorms, especially when it comes to pop-ups.
"That's what we faced, so we'll see if we can handle it, we can stop playing and get people out of here when that happens, but often we're on the positive side and hope that we play golf and are lucky and can not stand in the way of the thunderstorms. " Asked why the tee times were not relocated much earlier, Russell said," I think so if we that would do every time we have the possibility of thunderstorms in the southeast, we would basically do that every time we play golf. & # 39;
The third round was on Sunday at 8 o'clock The fourth round will continue in the afternoon as originally planned.