Augusta, Ga. (AP) – The second part of the teachers is repeated at Augusta National on Saturdayand it was little discovered that the three wooden towers had fallen from the patrons the day before in the storms which were taking place in the sport.
No one was hurt by the fall of the pine tree, although they crushed many of the chairs where the patrons were sitting. Three 10-by-10-foot fairways near the 16th green and 17th tee were pulled out on Saturday, leaving some wood chips where workers quickly cut them down. Two areas are covered with green gravel, and the other with fir straw.
Sergio Garcia finished second on Saturday after finishing 17th, and the 2017 champion turned his head over the patrons as he walked towards his school to see where the trees once stood. Several workers around the area were still dealing with what happened, and one called it a “miracle” that no one was injured or killed.
“I was standing on the right side, which is close to 17, right behind me and I holed my right putt on 16,” said 1987 champion Larry Mize. “Then suddenly I heard everything and looked around and saw trees.
“I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, people, get out of there,'” Mize said. “Thank you, goodness, nobody’s hurting.”
Those who make the cut on Saturday will have to endure harsher weather in the third round. Cold rain was expected to last through the day, and several storms could pass through eastern Georgia. The forecast looks drier for Sunday.
“It is what it is,” said 63-year-old Fred Couples, who finished second on Saturday in Day 1, breaking Bernhard Langer’s record for the oldest player to make the majors cut. “Am I looking forward to playing 18 holes this afternoon? No, I’m very light. I’m an old wimp. But I’m excited to play.”
The course was cleared once in twenty minutes of rain on Friday’s first hand. The air horns sounded again at 4:22 p.m. as another storm arrived, forcing the evacuation of patrons and sending players and officials scrambling for cover.
The game was suspended for 90 minutes a day later.
Under the other horn; three huge pines fell slowly near the 17th see, sending about 50 men scattering below them. Near the 16th green, Harrison Crowe saw a fallen tree and began staggering on the backpedal, when on the 15th green, Garcia stopped and looked at what appeared to be a slow motion.
“We were ahead by 15 points. We thought the scoreboard was big,” said Sahith Theegala, who plays in the first majors.
The uprooted pine fell gradually with the help of two of the thirds, and at that time the patron came out from the middle below. But the appeal of the clause of seats under fallen trees is clear to many.
“I was talking to my friends next to me and all of a sudden we heard a bang,” said Katie Waites, who was attending the second round in Charlotte, South Carolina. And there were three trees across the pond, and suddenly we saw them falling and all of them like ants, and they were like ants scattering from below. All three fell together. And then I just grabbed my friends’ hands and we were like, ‘Is everything OK?’ And he was silent.
Waitz said: He saw a woman standing between two fallen trees, and heard that a man crawled out from under some limbs. Like Saturday’s workers, Waites called it a “miracle” that no one was hurt.
“The health and safety of everyone who attends the Masters Tournament will always be a top priority,” Augusta National said in a statement. “We will continue closely with the weather today and throughout the Tournament.”
AP Sports Writers Doug Ferguson and Paul Newberry contributed to this report.
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