Injuries reported after lightning strikes at Tour Championship golf tournament

Sports News Injuries reported after lightning strikes at Tour Championship golf tournament

nobtis/iStock(ATLANTA) —  At least six people were injured and play was suspended on Saturday afternoon at the Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta when lightning struck at the 16th hole of the golf course, officials said.

The injured were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to nearby hospitals after a pop-up storm developed and at least two lightning bolts hit the East Lake Golf Club as NBC was broadcasting the Professional Golf Association tournament.

PGA officials suspended the third round of the Tour Championship for the day at 4:17 p.m. due to inclement weather. About a half-hour later, two lightning strikes hit the golf course, according to PGA officials.

One of the lightning bolts hit a tree near the 15th green and 16th tee of the golf course and people standing nearby were struck by debris, according to a report on the PGA website.

ESPN reported that lightning struck the top of a tree near the 15th green and 16th tee and shattered bark all the way to the bottom.

“I felt a little bit of pressure and lightning struck. It was probably about 200 yards away,” a spectator who witnessed the lightning strike told ABC affiliate station WSB-TV in Atlanta.


Four adult males and a juvenile were seeking shelter near a tree when lightning hit the tree, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A spokesman for the DeKalb County fire department said there were six patients.

Paramedics treated the people injured and ambulances took them to hospitals for additional medical attention.

PGA officials stopped play for the day and said the tournament would resume at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday.

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

At the time the play suspended, American Justin Thomas was leading the tournament by one stroke over Rory McIlroy of Ireland and Brooks Koepka of the United States.

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn gets engaged to NHL star P.K. Subban

Sports News Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn gets engaged to NHL star P.K. Subban

Instagram/@lindseyvonn(NEW YORK) — Olympian Lindsey Vonn said she was starting a new life after retiring from skiing competition earlier this year. On Friday, that next step began with getting hitched.

NHL star P.K. Subban proposed to Vonn — and she accepted, of course. They announced the news in an Instagram video.

“So he finally popped the question,” Vonn says in the video. “I said, ‘yes.'”

“You’re locked down, so you can’t call him or text him anymore, ladies.”

Subban joked in the video that Vonn was “up for the Norris,” referring to the Norris Trophy, the NHL award for the league best defenseman each year. Subban actually won that very award in 2012-13.

The two have been dating for about a year, according to several media reports.

The 34-year-old Vonn went to four Olympics, but won just one gold medal and two bronzes. Her dominance mostly came on the World Cup circuit, where she won a record eight titles in the downhill and set the all-time record for women’s World Cup victories with 82. She won 43 downhill competitions and 28 Super-G events, her top two disciplines.

Vonn also won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award in 2010.

She retired following the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden, saying her body could no longer take the toll of the sport. She missed all of 2014, including the Sochi Olympics, after tearing her ACL. Knee injuries hampered her for much of her career.

Subban is a star in his own right. The 30-year-old from Toronto emerged as a top defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens over the course of seven seasons, before being traded to the Nashville Predators in June 2016. The three-time All-Star was traded again this offseason to the New Jersey Devils.

He is also an Olympian, winning gold with Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Vonn is no stranger to high-profile romances. She dated Tiger Woods for two years before splitting in 2015.

This will be Vonn’s second marriage. She married former U.S. ski team member and Olympian Thomas Vonn in 2007. They divorced in 2013, though she’s continued to use her married name.

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019