4 Wounded in Lightning Strike at P.G.A. Tour Championship in Atlanta

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ATLANTA – At least four spectators were injured when lightning struck a golf course on Saturday during the third round of the P.G.A. Tour championship.

Two lightning strikes hit the East Lake Golf Course while fans and golfers waited for the bad weather to pass. The organizers of the tournament responded by stopping playing for the day, pushing the round to Sunday, and saying that the injuries did not seem to be life threatening.

Ambulances were called to a fan zone between the 16th tee and the driving range, around 4.45 pm Eastern Daylight Time. One of those hits was Billy Kramer, a resident of Dunwoody, Ga., And the owner of NFA Burger, one of the food vendors of the tournament. He said he was in a cart when a lightning bolt hit a pine tree just off the path he was driving. by medical personnel while waiting to be loaded into an ambulance.

A second man was lying on his back on the golf course, which was littered with loose acorns and bark. He was already tied to a stretcher and was the second person to be taken in an ambulance and taken.

The third round of the Tour Championship, the P.G.A. Tour & # 39; s third and final playoff event, started at 1:00 PM under dark skies. The last pairing in the 30-man field started at 3.20 p.m. and wash through five holes.

In a statement, P.G.A. Tour officials said that rubble from the lightning that hit the tree left four people injured. "EMT took care of those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical assistance," said the statement, adding that none of the injuries "seem to be life threatening."

Play was suspended for the day with Justin Thomas who led Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka with a single shot.

This is developing news and will be updated.

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