Horrifying footage emerges of giant pine tree falling down at The Masters

Shocking video footage shows a tree falling to the ground on the 17th hole at The Masters.

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Fri, 7 Apr 2023
Horrifying footage emerges of giant pine tree falling down at The Masters

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. 

WATCH THE HORRIFYING VIDEO HERE: 

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: 

"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 safety and well-being of everyone attending the Masters Tournament will always be top priority of the Club, which will continue to closely monitor weather today and through the Tournament. 
"The second round has been officially suspended for the rest of the day. Play will resume Saturday morning at 8.00am EDT. Ticket gates will open at 7.00am EDT as scheduled."

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.

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