Irish man hospitalized following lightning strike at USA golf tournament


Players had been removed from the course at 4.17pm with lightning in the vicinity.

He was among six spectators who were injured by debris after lightning struck East Lake Golf Club, shortly after play had been suspended in the third round of the Tour Championship.

They were taken to local hospitals "alert, conscious, and breathing, for further medical treatment", White said.

The statement added the injuries "do not appear to be life-threatening". Play was suspended yesterday but is expected to resume this morning.

"The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance", the tour said.

East Lake Golf Club is hosting the FedEx Cup Championship this weekend.

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One man was killed at the 1991 US Open at Hazeltine in Minnesota, another at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in Indiana. "We have a meteorologist on staff".

Five ambulances streamed into East Lake across the entrance of the driving range to the 16th hole. Two others were also hurt in the storm - although it;s unclear if they were struck by the lightning directly. We can monitor that.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was a shot off the pace on 11-under after going through the first five holes at one over par. Russell said organisers encouraged everybody to leave the course and take shelter.

Play in the tournament was suspended for the day after the lightning strike.

"Absolutely, we should have but the Tour has been doing this a long time and has made a lot of great decisions", he told Golf Channel. Golf gamers, in addition to spectators, had been looking for shelter. four folks had been reported being handled as a result of lightning strike. Two months later, a man was struck and killed by lightning walking to his auto during a storm delay at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in Indiana. Safety is a huge priority for us, ' the said in their Saturday statement.