Six spectators including a child were injured by debris when lightning struck a tree, a 60-foot pine , at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday afternoon during a weather delay at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
All were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The bolt struck a tree near the 15th green/16th hole. It blasted through the top of the tree and shattered the bark down towards the base. The tree was on fire. There was people running everywhere. Play in the third round of the event had been halted at 4:17 p.m. ET due to dangerous weather in the area. "We had a situation where there were pop-up thunderstorms,'' said Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competitions."All of a sudden, it was just like a boom, like a bomb went off," a witness described the incident.
According officials, the injuries "do not appear to be life-threatening.'' "The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance," the PGA Tour said. Play was suspended Saturday after the fans were injured. The season-ending tournament will resume Sunday morning. 30 players are competing for the FedEx Cup and its $15