Thunder strikes many people at PGA tour championship

Thunder Strikes: Many people were left injured after two lightning strikes at the season-ending the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Play was suspended at 4.17pm local time because of thunderstorms in the area and at 4.45pm there were two lightning strikes close to the 15th green at East Lake Golf Club.

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Thunder strikes many people at PGA tour championship

A tree was hit and debris from that strike injured six people, the PGA Tour said.

A statement added the injuries “do not appear to be life-threatening”.

Organisers said paramedics tended to six fans on the course, with five being taken to hospital by ambulance.

The third round was suspended with play to resume on Sunday at 8am local time (13:00 BST).

American Justin Thomas was leading by one shot from Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and world number one Brooks Koepka when play was suspended.

Golf tournaments have become vigilant about stopping play and asking fans to seek safety after two spectators were killed in the US in 1991 in two separate incidents.

In cases of inclement weather, players will be escorted off the course and back to the clubhouses. Scoreboards will ask fans to evacuate the course as well and take shelter, but they are left to their own devices to do so, reports.

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