Thar she blows! The weather took a turn into severe territory earlier this afternoon at Doral’s Blue Monster, site of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and we have Ian Poulter’s social media acumen for providing compelling images and video of the scene.
Sideways rain, lightning and wind gusts upwards of 52 mph wreaked havoc on the course. Two TV towers were leveled and as you can see above, the scoreboard near the 18th green was ripped to shreds.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel documents the carnage:
The most dramatic damage came by the Blue Monster’s famed 18th green, where the hand-operated scoreboard – showing hole-by-hole progress of the leaders – was left in a heap and some pieces blown into the adjacent pond.
TV towers behind the greens at Nos. 8 and 9 also came crashing down. The No. 9 tower appeared to simply fall backward into a stream, with its camera resting in the water. Damage at No.8 left a twisted pile of metal. The storm downed 17 trees on the course.
Video shot by Poulter from the safety of the players lounge follows.
Come on, man. It doesn’t look that bad. I’ve golfed in worse conditions, but then again, I did so so I could blame my 54 on the front nine squarely on the elements. Because I’m a total hack, you see.
Storm damages Doral’s Blue Monster before Tiger Woods tees off [The South Florida Sun-Sentinel]