Fans hurt as lightning strikes halt Tour finale

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Aug 2019

At least six fans were injured after lightning strikes at the PGA Tour Championship, forcing the suspension of third-round play at the season finale.

Four were injured after two strikes hit trees near the 16th tee at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, showering debris over nearby fans.

Paramedics treated the four while two other injured fans also received treatment before being taken to hospital. But none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

One lightning bolt hit a large tree near the fans before bursting into flames. That was soon after players were ordered off the course as storms rolled in.

When play was halted American Justin Thomas led on 12 under with only five holes of the third round completed.

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.

Brooks Koepka was alongside McIlroy on 11 under after also finding the early going tough.

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