CARMEL, Ind. — A 39-year-old Indiana man was struck and killed by lightning Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship, the second lightning fatality involving a spectator at one of golf's major tournaments this summer.
Thomas Weaver of Fishers, Ind., a suburb about 10 miles east of the Crooked Stick Golf Club, was hit on the left shoulder at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a few feet from his car parked in a lot about a mile from the golf course, according to several witnesses. Weaver was a member of the Fishers Town Board and was the president of an electrical business. He was married and had two children.
On June 13, a 27-year-old spectator standing under a tree at the Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minn., was hit by lightning and died during the first round of the U.S. Open. Five other spectators were injured, prompting officials in all of golf's governing bodies to reevaluate their severe weather and course evacuation policies for tournaments.
First-round play was suspended Thursday at 2:14 p.m. for 90 minutes as the area was rocked by thunder and lightning accompanying heavy rain. Officials of the PGA of America, which runs the tournament, said warnings that severe weather was heading toward the golf course had been posted on leader boards all around the course about an hour before play was suspended.