TULSA, Oklahoma (Reuters) - At least 264 people were treated for heat exhaustion during the week of the U.S. PGA Championship ending on Sunday in what was believed to be the hottest conditions ever for a major golf championship.
Sunday’s high temperature hit 102 degrees (39 Celsius) as Tiger Woods claimed victory at Southern Hills Country Club.
Dr Frank Mitchell, head of the tournament medical committee, told reporters so many people were being treated during Sunday’s final round that it was hard to keep count.
“It was overwhelming in the last couple of hours,” Mitchell said. “It was like a war zone. People were out here for a long time and they wanted to stick around to see Tiger.”
Some 85 people were treated at the course on Sunday, the hottest day of the tournament. Temperatures hit at least 100 degrees each of the four days of the championship.
Nearly 40 people were hospitalized for heat-related complaints during the week, and one woman’s vital signs were critical before being revived and taken to hospital, Mitchell said.