Play Suspended, Fans Kept From CourseJune 30th, 2012 12:05 pm Associated Press
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — 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 gets ready, fans will not be allowed Saturday.
The storm caused power outages and downed trees throughout the region.
Among the problems at Congressional were scattered trees, including a 75-foot tree that crashed down on the 14th hole fairway. Nearly every fairway, especially on the back nine, was littered with limbs — large and small.
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 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 Saturday.
Tournament officials will honor 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 for Saturday.
“At this time, it’s unknown if competition will take place today,” according to Saturday’s statement. “Competition will definitely resume on Sunday.”