Lightning Strike Injures Six At The FEDEX Tour Championship at East Lake

in golf •  last year 

Play was suspended yesterday at the Tour Championship when the weather turned. The horn blew and players made their way into the club house. It was the second time stormy weather halted play at the weekend. It was threatening since Thursday and it finally happened Friday. It was amazing how fast the storms build up in Georgia. I was watching it live and it came in fast. There goes my evening viewing I said to myself. On Friday play restarted. The thunder came and went but on Saturday play was suspended indefinitely. I was wondering why there wasn't any sign of play resuming but then there were reports that 6 people were injured on the course after lightning hit a tree and sent shrapnel everywhere injuring 6. Here is the lightning strike recorded live on the golf channel.
The strike packed a punch as you can see. But the results were devastating to the gallery that were making their way to shelter.
What a terrible thing to happen at a golf event. Thankfully the 6 people are recovering in hospital. But when security and club personnel came to the scene they though it would be a whole lot worse.
Lightning is very dangerous especially in golf where the players play with 2 foot iron conductors. If there was a golfer around the area hitting a shot he was a goner. Thankfully the horn blew around 20 minutes before this happened. But I think you will agree with me it was a really awful and unfortunate thing to happen and hopefully these 6 people make a full recovery.
The tree remains upright and you can see the damage that was done by the lightning strike.
Play resumes Sunday morning weather permitting. The purse is 15 milliom to the winner. In my opinion the winner should give some of this to victims of storms. Golfers have enough money. This was too close for comfort.

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Poor tree, everyone just left it on its own. Abandonment in the hour of need, no bandages even :0

I can imagine the greenskeepers . Dial the tree surgeons. 888. 😂😂😂😂 To the tree surgeon mobile. Theres an oak in trouble in east lake. Its pretty bad.


You're right, I think the golfers should give to the victims of this storms it won't even leave a dent in their pockets

You must look up the photo of Retief Goosen after he was struck by lightning. His clothes were fried.

Must look that up!

Oh my god 😭

I saw this on twitter. It's sad.

OMG. My prayers go out to those people. It is a shame that they are enduring that.

Lightning and golf courses do not go together. I worked at a golf club years ago when someone was hit by lightning. He did not survive.

From that point forward, everyone was scared.

Seriously? Jesus.

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So sad news. We are really shocked.

Oh, that is horrible. Really a nightmare for everyone while doing a sport.

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wow, this is insane!