Six people left injured after lightning strikes at PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta

25 Aug

Lighting strikes have left at least six people injured at the PGA Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta.

The victims are believed to be five men and a young girl who were using the tree as cover after a storm hit East Lake Golf Club.

Play had been suspended from around 4:15pm local time as the weather worsened, with a lightning bolt then striking a tree near the 16th tee around half an hour later.

Bad weather had also interrupted Friday’s play, which saw world number one Brooks Koepka sit at the top of the leader board on 13 under.

Following confirmation of Saturday’s play being suspended, broadcaster Sky Sports reported at least five people had been treated and taken to a nearby hospital, where they were said to be awake and responsive.

A statement from the PGA Tour read: “At 4:17 p.m., 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.

“EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) tended to those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical attention. Our latest report is that their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

“Due to these circumstances, the third round has been suspended for the day and play will resume on Sunday at 8am ET.

“The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance. We will provide further updates as they become available.”

The tree was left like this after being struck by lightning
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When the players were taken off the course, American Justin Thomas was at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under-par, even on his scorecard through five holes on day three.

Nothern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was on 11 under, one over for the day after a bogey at the first, while Koepka dropped shots at both the first and third holes to also be in a tie for second place.

Xander Schauffele was 10 under, one over for the day, while Chez Reavie was at nine under after going three under through seven holes, alongside England’s Paul Casey who was even par after six.

Emotional Tiger Woods seals first win in five years with victory at season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta

24 Sep

Tiger Woods pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sport by ending his five-year drought with victory at the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday night.

An emotional Woods admitted he was holding back the tears on the 18th green in Atlanta as he struggled to comprehend how his dream of an 80th career PGA Tour title had become a reality.

Tiger admitted he couldn’t quite believe he had ended his long wait for another championship

Chasing a first win since 2013, Woods took a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy into the last day at East Lake.

He carded a closing 71 to finish 11 under par, two shots ahead of fellow American Billy Horschel.

And only a birdie on the 72nd hole from Rose prevented Woods from claiming the overall FedEx Cup title as well.

Rose lost his world number one ranking as he finished tied fourth in Atlanta, but became the first Englishman to secure the FedEx Cup – which determines the overall PGA Tour season champion.

Rose two-putted from 25 feet on the par-five 18th to claim the $10million [£7.6m] bonus in nerve-racking fashion.

England’s Justin Rose beat Tiger by a whisker to claim the $10m FedEx Cup prize

“It’s hard to believe…”

It was a day that many thought might never happen again, after Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April last year and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence the following month when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car.

Thousands of his delirious fans spilled onto the 18th fairway to follow their idol to the green after his approach found a greenside bunker, chants of “U-S-A” and “Tiger, Tiger” breaking out before playing partner McIlroy could attempt his eagle putt.

McIlroy wisely then tapped in for his birdie in a hugely disappointing 74 to leave the stage clear for Woods, who was annoyed at missing his own birdie attempt but holed out for par before holding his arms aloft in celebration of a brilliant win just days before the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris.

Woods was cheered on by hundreds of adoring fans in Atlanta

“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said. “After Rory tapped in I started tearing up a little bit. I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off. It’s been tough.

“I’ve had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone around me. Some of the players I saw after on the 18th green knew what I was struggling with and it was really special to see them there.

“It’s just hard to believe I’ve won the Tour Championship.”

It was an emotional day for the US golfing legend

“He’s got enough money…”

It was also hard to believe Rose could birdie the last to scramble into the tie for fourth which was enough to win the FedEx Cup after he had dropped three shots in the space of six holes on the back nine.

“I guess it all boiled down to the 18th and I had the swing of the week off the tee there,” Rose told Sky Sports.

“I had a jumpy 7-iron lie and it caught a break, killed it in the top of the bunker and bobbled on to the green. I was waiting for a break all day and to get it on the last was great timing.

Rose was not at his best but kept his nerve to claim the FedEx Cup in dramatic fashion
Rose is the first Englishman to win the overall PGA Tour trophy

“I felt more pressure as I was throwing it away, but when I got back to knowing what I had to do I clicked into gear in the nick of time.

“We’re all delighted for Tiger, this is crazy scenes and I’m sure I’m not the most popular guy for making birdie on the last but, hey, he’s got enough money.”