A huge lightning strike injured a number of spectators in frightening scenes during a suspension in play during the third round of the Tour Championship.
For the second day running, the players were removed from the course for safety reasons as thunderstorms arrived in the Atlanta area, and a bolt of lightning appeared to strike a tree on the 16th hole.
With the forecast unlikely to improve for the rest of the afternoon, tournament officials took the decision to abandon play for the day at around 5:30pm local time, meaning a lengthy final day in store to get the PGA Tour’s season-ending event completed on schedule.
The final pairing of Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas had just struck their tee shots on the sixth hole when the klaxons sounded to suspend play due to the threat of lightning, and the PGA Tour later revealed there had been two lightning strikes on the course.
A statement read: “At 4:17pm, the third round of the Tour Championship was suspended due to inclement weather in the area. At 4:45pm, there were two lightning strikes at East Lake Golf Club; a tree near the range/15 green/16 tee was hit, and debris from that strike injured four people.