(Reuters) – Some of the world’s top professional golfers were panicked by a false report of an incoming ballistic missile in Hawaii on Saturday, with one hiding under a mattress and another fleeing to the basement of his Honolulu hotel.
The alert, issued shortly after 8 A.M. local time (1800 GMT), was sent mistakenly some three hours before the start of the third round of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open.
Steve Wheatcroft tweeted at 8.14 A.M. local time (1814 GMT).” data-reactid=”43″>”So…….this can’t be good. Everyone is freaking out in the hotel,” Steve Wheatcroft tweeted at 8.14 A.M. local time (1814 GMT).
“Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv,” he said in a tweet at 8.26 A.M.
“Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws. Please lord let this bomb threat not be real,” tweeted Peterson, who was tied for second place halfway through the tournament.
“To all that just received the warning along with me this morning … apparently it was a ‘mistake’ – hell of a mistake!! Haha glad to know we’ll all be safe,” Thomas, the defending champion and world number four, tweeted at the same time as Spaun.
The third round started on time at Waialae Country Club.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)