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Augusta evacuated after huge trees nearly crush group of fans at Masters

Three trees fell at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday during the second round of the 2023 Masters and nearly crushed a group of fans. Fortunately, nobody was injured, according to tournament officials.

The horn blew minutes later at 16:22 local time to announce the suspension of play over dangerous weather conditions. Friday's play was then officially suspended and 13 remaining groups will restart Saturday.

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Earlier in the day, officials halted activities due to poor weather, but resumed about 20 minutes later at 15:28 local time.

The trees fell near hole 17 and video from the 16th hole shows how bystanders scurried away as the large trunks came crashing down.

This isn't the first time that trees are affected at Augusta. In fact, a famous tree at the 17th hole was removed a few years back after suffering some damage.

17th hole tree at Augusta

The Eisenhower Tree, named after the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was removed by Augusta offiials in February 2014.

It stood near the 17th hole and was damaged in an ice storm years before getting chopped down.

Despite play stopping at the 2023 Masters, it has been filled with excitement, including Tiger Woods closing in on making the cut.

So far, LIV golfer Brooks Koepka leads at -12 and is followed by Jon Rahm, who is one spot above amateur Sam Bennett.

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