Play was suspended throughout the second spherical of The Masters attributable to heavy winds in Augusta that sparked scary and harmful scenes.
Wild climate was predicted for golf’s first main of the 12 months and play was first delayed for 21 minutes earlier than it was suspended at 4:21pm native time on Friday.
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Match officers pulled gamers off the course and spectators have been instructed over a megaphone to go away because the wild climate began to kick in.
There have been scary scenes when an enormous tree close to the par-4 seventeenth gap was uprooted and toppled over utterly.
The printed lower away from Sergio Garcia, zoomed out and captured the tree veering towards the bottom as followers scrurried away from hazard.
In complete, three timber in a cluster snapped and fell over however fortunately nobody was injured within the freak incident. It’s a miracle no spectators have been hit by the timber.
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“Oh good gracious be careful,” one TV broadcaster stated.
“Oh my god, I hope everyone’s OK.”
The forecast didn’t make for fairly studying as heavy rain, wind and lightning approached Augusta.
Match officers later confirmed play had been suspended for the day and would resume on Saturday morning native time.
In an announcement, Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership stated it “can verify that no accidents have been reported from the three timber that have been blown over to the left of the No. 17 tee attributable to wind.
“The protection and well-being of everybody attending the Masters Match will all the time be the highest precedence of the Membership, which is able to proceed to carefully monitor climate at the moment and thru the match.”
And the climate isn’t anticipated to ease over the weekend, which may delay play and imply the winner will almost certainly be topped a lot later than the normal time of Monday morning Australian time.
The suspension of play got here with 39 gamers but to finish their second rounds.
American and Brooks Koepka had the early clubhouse lead at 12-under, three strokes forward of Spain’s third-ranked Jon Rahm, who nonetheless had the again 9 to complete, and 4 strokes forward of US Beginner champion Sam Bennett.
Koepka is one in all 18 gamers from the insurgent LIV tour competing at The Masters and is in prime place to win his fifth main and first inexperienced jacket.
Australia’s Jason Day adopted up his glorious opening spherical with a fair par second spherical to be tied for sixth at 6-under, whereas 2013 champion Adam Scott continues to be within the combine at 4-under after he additionally shot a fair par spherical.
Fellow Aussie Cameron Smith was eight holes by way of his second spherical earlier than play was suspended, and nonetheless has a faint hope of victory after he pulled off an outrageous fairway bunker shot to shoot an eagle on the eighth to maneuver to 2-under.
In the meantime, Rory McIlroy (+5) and Tiger Woods (+2) have been susceptible to lacking the lower for the remaining rounds.