On Friday, the second round of the Masters was suspended after two pine trees nearly hit spectators at the Augusta National Golf Club.
During the event, broadcast footage was caught of the trees falling near the 17th tee. Following the incident, the tournament released a statement addressing the incident. “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 tournament wrote.
“The safety and well-being of everyone attending the Masters Tournament will always be the top priority of the Club, which will continue to closely monitor weather today and through the Tournament,” they added.
The Masters proceeded to inform spectators that, “The Second Round has been officially suspended for the rest of the day. Play will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. EDT. Ticket gates will open at 7:00 a.m. EDT as scheduled.”
Tiger Woods pulls out of the 2023 Masters Competition due to his chronic leg pain
Despite professional golfer Tiger Woods claiming he had hopes of returning to the Masters Tournament after the tree fiasco, he went on to announce that he would be completely withdrawing from the tournament, citing his injured foot as the reason.
“I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis,” Woods announced on Twitter. “Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!”
Although one professional golfer pulled out of the competition, Sunday’s resuming competition paved the way to allow Jon Rahm to take home the big from the Augusta National Golf Club.
“History of the game is a big part of why I play and one of the reasons why I play, and Seve being one of them,” Rahm said after being crowned the 2023 Masters winner. “For me to get it done on the 40th anniversary of his win, his birthday, on Easter Sunday, it’s incredibly meaningful.”
The champion then shared the sentiments, “And to finish it off the way that I did — an unusual par, very much a Seve par — it was, in a non-purposeful way, a testament to him. I know he was pulling for me today, and it was a great Sunday.”
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