Fans escape as trees fall at US golf tournament

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Three large pine trees fell close to spectators on Friday at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia, but they all walked away unharmed. The incident occurred during the Masters Tournament of 2023.

Prior to the second round’s play being suspended due to bad weather, the event happened close to the 17th tee.

The organisers reported that no one was hurt despite the trees falling to the ground close to onlookers.

According to the club, “Augusta National Golf Club can confirm that no injuries were reported from three trees that were blown over to the left of the No. 17 tee due to wind.

“The safety and well-being of everyone attending the Masters Tournament will always be the top priority of the club. We will continue to closely monitor the weather today and through the tournament.”

The Augusta National course was being battered by strong winds when officials made the announcement that play had been suspended and spectators had been removed.

Storms with high gusts and lightning were reportedly moving into the area, according to a statement.

The famous 7,545-yard course’s towering pine trees are a defining characteristic. It is the only layout in the world to annually hold a major golf event for men.

The decision was made to restart on Saturday after players were removed from the course with 39 still on the second round at Augusta National.

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