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Play suspended at Senior PGA due to weather

Senior PGA storm preparation
Posted at 10:56 PM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-27 20:58:54-04

TULSA, Okla. — Play is suspended at the Senior PGA Championship because of severe weather moving across Green Country.

The winds just picked up, and the storm felt like it was moving over the Tulsa area as a chill moved through the golf course.

PGA officials blew the air horns to suspend play Thursday afternoon. All of the golfers moved off the course, and spectators were asked to head to their vehicles and leave as soon as possible.

It seems like most spectators have already left Southern Hills, but Bryan Karns, director of the Senior PGA Championship, told 2 News there’s a plan in place for people stuck on the course to get to safety if the weather gets severe.

“If we get stuck out here, there’s an underground cart barn at the club," Karns said. "I would say certainly move toward a permanent structure and not all of them are open. We have a player bubble in the clubhouse, but I would say talk to a volunteer, talk to a security person. They’ll point you in the right direction.”

It seems like most players out on the course wrapped up 18 Thursday, but there are still some groups who will have to finish up their first-round Friday morning.

Karns said his main concern is making sure their tents, towers, and other structures don’t blow over or collapse. He can’t ensure they will if strong winds roll in, but he said it’s something they’ve dealt with before.

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