Two people taken to hospital after lightning strike during Travelers delay

June 22, 2024

James Gilbert

The Cromwell (Conn.) Fire Department has reported that a lightning strike on a tree affected three people during a delay due to dangerous weather on Saturday at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, the department said that at approximately 4:26 p.m. ET, the Cromwell Police Department began receiving 911 calls about a lightning strike in the area of 6 Pierson Green. The Associated Press reported that the home to which the reponse was made is near the fifth green of the TPC River Highlands course where where the $20 million PGA Tour signature event is being played.

The statement further said: "On arrival, first responders identified a tree struck by lightning and 3 patients near the strike. EMS crew treated two patients who were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation, and one patient who refused treatment. All remaining Police, Fire and EMS units cleared the scene."

The third round of the Travelers was suspended at 3:30 p.m. ET. Play resumed at 6:19 p.m. with the final group of Tom Kim and Collin Morikawa on the sixth hole.

The last signficant lightning incicent on the PGA Tour occurred at the 2019 Tour Championship in Atlanta, where six people were injured when lightning struck a 60-foot pine and showered them with debri.