Third round of AT&T National washed out
Sun, 01 Jul 2012 1:15a.m.
A massive storm overnight has suspended the third round of the AT&T National because of several trees on the ground at Congressional. Officials say even if the course is readied, fans will not be allowed on.
The storm caused power outages and downed trees throughout the region.
Among the problems at Congressional were scattered trees, including a 75-foot (23-meter) tree that crashed down on the 14th hole fairway. Nearly every fairway, especially on the back nine, was littered with limbs.
Some tents were blown over, and the wooden sign identifying the 11th hole was ripped from its post on the tee box.
"Winds in the range of 70-80 mph were reported," according to a statement issued by the U.S. PGA Tour. "No confirmation has been made on a tornado. There are trees and tents down all over the course and roads leading to the course. Clean-up has begun. Electricity is out at the course."
Volunteers also have been told to stay home on Saturday.
Tournament officials will honour all Saturday tickets on Sunday. Workers were trying to get the course ready through the night, though it was unclear if it would be ready.
"At this time, it's unknown if competition will take place today," according to Saturday's statement. "Competition will definitely resume on Sunday."
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