Horrifying video footage has emerged of a giant pine tree collapsing and falling to the ground on the 17th hole just seconds before play was suspended for a second time on day two at The Masters.
Play was initially suspended just after 3pm local time due to the threat of lightning in the area.
The players then returned to the course about 20 minutes later, but play was once again suspended at 4.20pm local time due to storms in the area.
The hooter sounded just seconds after shocking video footage showed a giant pine tree falling to the ground.
LIV Golf's Sergio Garcia was pictured playing a greenside bunker shot on the 15th before the camera panned across to the 17th hole where a giant pine tree collapsed to the ground.
Volunteers and patrons were seen rushing over to the loblloy pine tree as soon as it crashed to the ground.
The commentary team covering the action as it was unfolding said: "Ooh good gracious, watch out! Oh my god, I hope everyone is okay. Holy smokes."
We are pleased to report that nobody has been hurt from the tree falling down.
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Tree down at the masters?! pic.twitter.com/t30Pm5eoxx— Boston (@BostonTgolf) April 7, 2023
Augusta National has since confirmed that three pine trees in total fell to the ground on Friday.
They also confirmed there were no injuries.
The trees were blown over as a result of the wind.
Augusta National published this statement:
Play has since been called for the day and players will return to complete their second round at 8am local time (1pm UK time) on Saturday.
Brooks Koepka currently holds the lead in the clubhouse at 12-under par.
Jon Rahm has nudged himself up to 9-under par and he still has the back nine to play.
Amateur Sam Bennett is in solo third place on 8-under par as he bids to become the first amateur to ever win The Masters.
Rory McIlroy carded a dismal 77 and he will miss the halfway cut as his wait to complete the career grand slam continues for at least another year.