5 males and a woman who sought shelter below a tree throughout a storm at East Lake Golf Membership have been injured when lightning hit the tree, Atlanta Police Division spokesman James White mentioned.
They have been taken to hospitals “alert, acutely aware, and respiratory, for additional medical therapy,” White mentioned.
One of many injured was handled at Northside Hospital and launched, mentioned Katherine Watson, the hospital’s spokeswoman.
The third spherical of the PGA Tour Championship was underway on the East Lake Golf Membership on Saturday when organizers suspended play resulting from inclement climate, the PGA mentioned.
“The protection of our followers, gamers and companions is of the utmost significance,” the assertion mentioned.
Justin Thomas leads Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka within the season-ending event. Competitors will resume Sunday morning, with the ultimate spherical scheduled to start roughly at midday.
Practically 30 minutes after organizers suspended actions, twin lightning struck a upkeep space and a tree close to the 16th tee and the driving vary, Mark Russell, PGA’s vp of guidelines, competitors and administration, instructed reporters on Saturday.
The lightning knocked particles off the tree, wounding some folks, he added.
Russell mentioned organizers inspired all people to depart the course and take shelter. He additionally mentioned the PGA had put a message on the scoreboards warning spectators that extreme climate was approaching.
“You have obtained lots of people, and you must do this rapidly and typically folks do not take shelter,” he mentioned.
When requested whether or not a half-hour was sufficient time to securely evacuate the golf course, Russell mentioned he could not actually reply the query however mentioned that they had performed every little thing they might.
“I want I may say sure or no. I imply, we wished to get the spectators, the gamers, the volunteers, all people off right here as quickly as we probably may, and the second we noticed we had hazard, we suspended play. We had on the scoreboards that there was coming climate, and we obtained the gamers off, we obtained the volunteers off,” he mentioned.
CNN’s Jeremy Grisham contributed to this report.