During the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, scared spectators narrowly escaped injury when three tall pine trees fell near them on Friday. The incident occurred near the 17th tee just before second-round play was halted due to stormy weather. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries as the trees fell to the ground. In a statement, Augusta National Golf Club confirmed the safety of the spectators and emphasized that the well-being of everyone attending the Masters Tournament is their top priority.
As thunderstorms with heavy winds and lightning approached the area, organizers halted play and evacuated spectators from the course. The Augusta National course, known for its towering pine trees, is the only layout in the world to host a men’s major golf tournament every year. With 39 players yet to complete the second round, play was ultimately scheduled to resume on Saturday.