Six spectators were injured after they sought cover under a pine tree that was struck by lightning Saturday at the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“Injuries do not appear to be life-threatening,” the PGA said.
The lightning struck after the tournament’s third round at East Lake Golf Club during a weather delay in play, according to Atlanta police and the PGA.
“A tree near the range/15 green/16 tee was hit, and debris from that strike injured” the fans, the PGA said in a statement.
The PGA said that as many as six people were injured; police said four men and two woman were hurt.
Witness Matt Samuelson said he was there with his 19-year-old son when play was stopped as a result of lightning strikes miles away.
People were expecting the storm to pass to the east — it was not raining at the time — when lightning struck, the Atlanta resident said.
“I think it took people a moment to realize how dramatic it was,” he said, adding that emergency crews were there within a minute. “God bless the emergency first responders.”
Play was suspended and was scheduled to resume at 8 a.m., tour officials said.
“The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance,” the PGA said.
Jay Varela and Suzanne Ciechalski contributed.