Trees fall near Augusta National spectators, Masters suspended – NBC 7 San Diego

The Masters was suspended for the second time on Friday after three pine trees fell at Augusta National Golf Club.

Trees fell near the 17th hole, with video showing one falling in an area surrounded by spectators due to high winds.

Patrons were rushed away, but there were no injuries.

Katie Waits, a patron from Charleston, South Carolina, told The Associated Press, “I was talking to my friends next door, and all of a sudden I heard a crack. “There were three trees across the pond, and all of a sudden we saw them fall, and everybody — it was like ants. They scattered like ants from below. All three fell at the same time. Then I grabbed my friends’ hands and asked, ‘Is everyone okay?’ And it was quiet.”

Play was suspended early in the second round at 3:07pm due to inclement weather. After a 21-minute delay, play resumed until the trees fell at 4:22 p.m.

Workers immediately removed the fallen trees with chainsaws.

The Masters official Twitter account later sent out a tournament update, saying there were no injuries and that the second round had been postponed until Saturday at 8 a.m. ET.

“Augusta National Golf Club can confirm that there were no injuries to the three trees that were blown left of the 17th tee due to the wind. The safety and well-being of everyone attending the Masters is always a top priority. The club will be closely monitoring the weather today and through the tournament,” the tweet read.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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