3 injured after tree limb falls

August 13, 2005|By Don Markus

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - In a bizarre and potentially tragic situation yesterday, a huge limb broke off from a red oak tree by the fourth green at Baltusrol Golf Club during the second round of the 87th PGA Championship, falling some 40 feet and injuring three people.

Frank Choy, a freelance audio technician for Turner Sports, suffered trauma to the left leg and was taken to a local hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition. Bob Welsch, who was working as a freelance camera jib operator for CBS Sports, sustained abrasions on his left arm. He was treated on site and released.

A third person, a spectator who asked not be identified, sustained minor bruises on his left arm and was released from the medical office at the club.

The incident occurred shortly before Tiger Woods reached the green after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 hole into a pond.

"I feel sorry for the gentleman that got hurt there, but hypothetically, if I don't dump it in the water and play resumes at a normal pace, you guys would have been right underneath that tree," Woods said to the media after the round.

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