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2 people were taken to a hospital after lightning struck a tree near a PGA Tour event in Connecticut

CROMWELL, Conn. — Two people were taken to hospital Saturday after lightning struck a tree near a house along a golf course hosting the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

The house is just north of the fifth green at TPC River Highlands, where the tournament is held a week after the US Open.

Cromwell police received 911 calls about a lightning strike around 4:30 p.m. When first responders arrived, they found a tree that had been hit and three people near it.

Cromwell Fire Department Chief Jason Brade said in a statement that an emergency medical crew treated two people and took them to hospital for further evaluation. He did not elaborate on their condition. A third person refused treatment.

Weather postponed the third round of the Travelers Championship, where earlier in the day Cameron Young shot a 59 for the PGA Tour’s first sub-60 round in four years.

Lightning is an ever-present hazard on golf courses. In 2019, six people were injured when a strike hit a 60-foot pine tree during the Tour Championship.

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