The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.

The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way to the bottom.

Brad Uhl of Atlanta was crammed under a hospitality tent to the right of the 16th hole that was open to the public.

“There was just a big explosion and then an aftershock so strong you could feel the wind from it,” Uhl said after the last of the ambulances pulled out of the golf course. “It was just a flash out of the corner of the eye. It was raining and everyone was huddled near the tree.”

Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III said five men and one female juvenile had sought shelter beneath the tree that was struck by lightning. He said they were taken to hospitals for further treatment, all of them alert, conscious and breathing.

The players already had been taken into the clubhouse before lightning hit.

The PGA Tour canceled the rest of golf Saturday, with the round to resume at 5 a.m. Pacific Sunday, followed by the final round.

Also Saturday:

Canadian Henderson 2 strokes behind co-leaders: AURORA, Ontario — Top-ranked Jin Young Ko shot a 7-under 65 to grab a share of the lead heading into the final round of the CP Women’s Open. Ko is tied with Nicole Broch Larsen at 18 under at Magna Golf Club. Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada is another two shots back in third. Henderson also shot a 65 in the third round, tying for low round of the day. Broch Larsen posted her third straight 66.

Van Rooyen ahead at Scandinavian Invitation: GOTHENBURG, Sweden — South African golfer Erik van Rooyen birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 6-under 64 and take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Scandinavian Invitation.

Couples drops ace, grabs big lead at Boeing Classic: SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Fred Couples made a hole-in-one in a round of 9-under 63 and built a five-shot lead after two rounds of the Boeing Classic. David Toms rebounded from a first-round 70 and was tied for second at 11 under with Paul Broadhurst.

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