Trees Down At Masters, Course Evacuated Amid Thunderstorm Warning


Play at the second round of the 2023 Masters was suspended for the second time Friday afternoon as a looming thunderstorm and high winds downed trees and forced officials to evacuate the Augusta National Golf Club.

Key Facts

The Masters announced it had suspended play shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday—the second suspension in less than two hours, following a 21 minute delay.

High winds also brought down two towering pine trees near a group of spectators standing by the tee of the 17th hole, though ESPN reported nobody was hurt.

Brooks Koepka is currently leading as of Friday afternoon, shooting 12 under par after 36 holes, ahead of Jon Rahm (-9) and Sam Bennett (-8).


The 2023 Masters features 18 golfers from PGA rival LIV Golf, including Koepka, as well as 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson and 2020 runner-up Cameron Smith. Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods—a staunch LIV critic and the world’s 14th highest paid athlete, according to Forbes—has also indicated this could be his final Masters tournament.

Further Reading

Here Are The Odds A LIV Golfer Wins The Masters (Forbes)

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