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PGA Tour Championship: At least 6 people injured in lightning strike in Atlanta



Five men and a girl who sought shelter under a tree during a storm at East Lake Golf Club were injured when a lightning struck the tree, said Atlanta Police Department spokesman James White.

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

One of the injured was treated at Northside Hospital and released Saturday night, said Catherine Watson, a hospital spokesman.

The PGA Tour said in a statement that those injured were hit by debris and some were fans attending the tournament.

The third round of the PGA Tour Championship is underway at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday when organizers stopped playing due to inclement weather, the PGA said.

"The safety of our fans, players and partners is of paramount importance," the statement said.

Nearly 30 minutes after organizers stopped activities, a double lightning struck a maintenance area and a tree near the 1

6th tee and mileage, Mark Russell, PGA Vice President of Competition and Administration, told reporters Saturday.

The flash toppled debris from the tree, injuring some people, he added.

Russell said that the organizers are encouraging everyone to leave the course and take the elter. He also said the PGA had posted a message on the dashboard, warning viewers that a difficult time was approaching.

"You have a lot of people and you have to do it fast, and sometimes people don't take shelter."

Asked if half an hour was enough time to safely evacuate the golf course, Russell said that he really couldn't answer the question, but said they had done everything possible.

"I would like to say yes or no. I mean, we wanted to get the viewers, the players, the volunteers, everyone to go here as quickly as possible, and the moment we saw that we were in danger, we stopped playing We had on the scoreboard that

The whole game was stopped for the day of the tournament, ending Justin Thomas' run of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. The tournament is expected to resume Sunday morning.

The PGA Tour Championship is underway at East Lake Golf Club since 2004. The winner will take home $ 15 million in prize money available for

Jeremy Grisham is a CNN contributor to this report.


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