The U.S. Women’s Open kicked off this week at the Country Club of Charleston, marking one of the biggest LPGA events of the year.
Yet on Friday, a wild lighting storm rolled through South Carolina, delaying the event for hours and producing a scary scene near the No. 11 green.
During the storm, a massive lightning strike drilled a tree next to the No. 11 green. Thankfully the course was clear at the time, and according to the USGA, nobody was hurt.
But it did make for a crazy video.
— USGA (@USGA) May 31, 2019
Play resumed just before 7 p.m. local time on Friday night. Once the storms had cleared the area, a closer look at the tree revealed just how strong the lightning strike was.
— LPGA (@LPGA) May 31, 2019
Forty-five players were left on the course when play was finally suspended due to darkness on Friday night. Round 2 will resume on Saturday morning before the third round kicks off in threesomes after.
Mamiko Higa leads the way at 6-under par after firing a 71 on Friday, thanks to three birdies in her final six holes. Jessica Korda sits just one stroke behind her. The projected cut sits at 3-over par heading into Saturday morning’s second round.
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