(CNN) — At least two people were hurt after lightning struck a tree at the PGA Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta, police said Saturday.
Five men and a woman who sought shelter beneath a tree in a storm at East Lake Golf Club were injured when lightning hit the tree, Atlanta Police Department spokesman James White said.
They were taken to nearby hospitals”alert, conscious, and breathing, and to get further medical treatment,” White explained.
One of the wounded was treated in the Northside Hospital and published Saturday evening, stated the hospital’s spokeswoman, Katherine Watson.
PGA Tour stated that those injured had been struck with debris and some of them were lovers.
When organizers suspended drama because of inclement weather the next round of the PGA Tour Championship was underway at the East Lake Golf Club on Saturday, that the PGA said.
“The security of the fans, gamers and spouses is of extreme importance,” the statement said.
Nearly 30 minutes after actions were suspended by organizers, a maintenance area and a shrub struck close to also the driving range and also the 16th tee, Mark Russell, PGA’s vice-president of competition principles and administration, told reporters.
The lightning knocked the shrub and debris apart he added.
Russell stated everyone encouraged take refuge and to leave the course. In addition, he said the PGA had placed a message about the warning audiences that weather was approaching.
“You have got a lot of folks, and you need to do this fast and sometimes folks do not take shelter,” he said.
Russell said he couldn’t really answer the issue but said they’d done everything they could when asked whether there was a half-hour sufficient time to safely evacuate the golf program.
“I wish I could say no or yes. I meanwe wanted to find everybody, the audiences the volunteers off as the moment we saw we had danger, and soon as we possibly could we suspended drama. We had about the scoreboards that there was coming climate, and we got the players off, we obtained the volunteers off,” he explained.
All play has been suspended for the afternoon in the tournament where Justin Thomas leads Brooks Koepka along with Rory McIlroy. Sunday morning, the championship is expected to resume.
The PGA Tour Championship was held since 2004 in the East Lake Golf Club. The winner will take home $15 million with prize money readily available for many participants.