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Wind, lightning a threat for fans on course at Honda Classic

A TV crew heads to the clubhouse for cover because of heavy rain at the Honda Classic.
A TV crew heads to the clubhouse for cover because of heavy rain at the Honda Classic. AP

Bob Vail, 67, was at the 12th hole on the Champion Course during the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa on Saturday.

At 12:51 p.m., he heard the siren sounding for play to stop and for fans and players to seek protection because of lightning.

However, Vail, who came from Stuart to see the tournament, is an ardent golfer and golf-watcher.

“Stayed out there,” Vail said. “It looked like it was clearing.”

Sheepishly, he added, “We were wrong.”

Then a policeman approached.

“He said to go in,” Vail said. “He said it was going to be blowing 70 miles per hour.”

Actually, weather readings said winds of 60 mph were the maximum at the golf course.

Heading to the clubhouse, Vail saw a big tent go down.

“Just kept walking,” he said. “It got worse as we walked. Saw it blow a big tent right over.”

Like most fans, he safely made it to the clubhouse area and waited in a hallway until hearing play was suspended for the day.

Time to head back to Stuart.

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