An electrical storm has swept a top UK golf course used for The Open today leading to players and fans being evacuated. Those in attendance were ordered to take emergency cover as the weather hit the Royal Birkdale course in Southport, Merseyside.
Stars including England’s Justin Rose were reportedly on the course practising when the bad weather hit the spot. Grandstands were also evacuated over weather fears as people were warned to “seek shelter”.
The Open said on its Twitter account: “Due to a weather warning, controlled evacuation of grandstands are taking place for spectators. Please follow the instructions of Marshals.” It added: “Electrical storm approaching. Please shelter avoiding exposed metal structures, trees and fence lines. Do not use umbrellas. Play suspended.”