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Storms completely destroy PGA Championship scoreboard at Whistling Straits

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Championship came to halt just before 6:30 p.m. ET and it's a good thing they blew the horn and cleared the course when they did because the storm that came destroyed temporary structures all over the course. The gusts topped over 50 miles per hour and trees, tents, and scoreboards started coming down quickly. The scoreboard that surrounds the putting green was one of the first things to go.

Golf Channel puts a substantial stage and mobile studio up at all these majors. It's a pretty sturdy structure with lots of technical equipment, but that was completely wiped out. Brandel Chamblee and Rich Lerner did their postgame show from a makeshift set on a couple folding chairs in the media center.

The media center was still standing, fortunately, but as you can see from Ryan Ballengee, it was touch-and-go when the storm hit Whistling Straits.

Hopefully no one was in these when they toppled over doors down.

This was the grandstand as the worst of the storm hit. The PGA made the wise move to get everyone off the course and out of harm's way. Despite all the damaged structures, there were no initial reports of injuries.

After the horn blew, the PGA did not take long to hold out hope for a resumption on Friday night. The announcement was made early in the evening that the second round would restart at 7 a.m. local (8 a.m. ET) on Saturday morning.