Course had already been cleared for 21 minutes earlier in the round, and the air horn sounded again at 4.22pm local time as another set of storms arrived; two enormous pines fell near the 17th tee box, sending the patrons in the area scattering for cover
Last Updated: 07/04/23 10:42pm
Two pine trees fell near patrons during storms at Augusta on Friday, and another tree fell elsewhere, though nobody was injured as the second round of The Masters was suspended.
The storms had been expected throughout the day, and tournament officials moved all starting times up 30 minutes in the hopes of getting the second round in as scheduled.
The morning dawned hot and humid, with plenty of sun, but it gave way to ominous clouds churning through from the east shortly after the lunch hour.
The course had already been cleared once for 21 minutes when the first band of storms passed through the area, and the air horn sounded again at 4.22pm local time as another set of storms arrived, bringing heavy rain and the threat of lightning.
About the time the horns sounded, two enormous pines fell near the 17th tee box, sending the patrons in the area scattering for cover.
Workers quickly arrived with chainsaws to begin clearing the fallen trees.
“We were cresting the fairway on 15. We thought it was a scoreboard or a grandstand,” said Sahith Theegala, who is playing in his first Masters. “We were hoping it wasn’t something that hit anybody.”
Brooks Koepka was the leader at 12-under when play stopped, taking advantage of fortuitous tee times that left him in the clubhouse long before the storms arrived. Jon Rahm was three shots back in second, with nine holes still to play.
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