False alarm gives TOUR players in Hawaii a scare
January 13, 2018
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- TOUR players, employees and family members received a scary "false alarm" push alert early Saturday morning in Hawaii. (Getty Images)
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The larger PGA TOUR community was in a short state of chaos this morning in Hawaii after a false push alert regarding an incoming "balistic missile" went out to those in the state.
In Hawaii for the Sony Open this week, TOUR players, families, fans and officials were part of the larger community who received an alarm at 8:07 a.m. local time on their phones stating “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
An alert also went across local television screens describing how a missile threat was detected that “may impact on land or sea within minutes."
It caused a sense of panic and uncertainty with a second alert not being sent out for 38 minutes to reveal it was a false alarm.
Multiple TOUR players were caught up in the commotion.
JJ Spaun tweeted from a basement under his hotel.
“In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv,” he asked.
John Peterson, who is tied for second at Waialae Country Club through 36 holes, has his new three-month old baby with him and was understandably fearful.
“Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws. Please lord let this bomb threat not be real.”
Steve Wheatcroft tweeted about the panic.
“So.......this can’t be good. Everyone is freaking out in the hotel,” he tweeted.
Seamus Power was another hoping it was a mistake but also in a state of confusion.
“Not your normal emergency warning. Really hope it’s just a drill.”
Michelle Wie, a native Hawaiian from the LPGA, was understandably concerned.
Omg!!! My heart dropped!! 🙏🏼🤙🏼 https://t.co/Tv3sStS7Eh— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) January 13, 2018
Thankfully it turned out to be a mistake.
“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,” defending Sony Open champion Justin Thomas tweeted.
Recent TOUR winner Austin Cook added:
“Well this may be one of the scariest alerts I have ever received. Luckily it was a mistake. This is no small mistake. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Stewart Cink’s caddie Taylor Ford was hiking the Diamond Head crater during the alert.
“Hiked a mountain and had a ballistic missile threat launch alert all before 8:30am. Indescribable feeling. The 3rd round this afternoon should be a cake walk.,” he posted on Instagram.
Round 3 of the Sony Open is due to get underway at 11:05 a.m. local time
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 https://t.co/sYmuVzymaQ— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) January 13, 2018
Well this may be one of the scariest alerts I have ever received. Luckily it was a mistake. This is no small mistake. I hope it doesn’t happen again. pic.twitter.com/EjbwrJc5H0— Austin Cook (@austincookgolf) January 13, 2018
That just happened pic.twitter.com/yiPyPpQPQ4— Danny Lee (@dannygolf72) January 13, 2018
Thank God!! https://t.co/uGpLUpH9FG— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) January 13, 2018
In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv https://t.co/qHLeQSecnd— JJ Spaun (@JJSpaun) January 13, 2018
Not your normal emergency warning. Really hope it’s just a drill pic.twitter.com/whSKtoI67M— Seamus Power (@Power4Seamus) January 13, 2018
So.......this can’t be good. Everyone is freaking out in the hotel pic.twitter.com/NDkg8FxQLy— Steve Wheatcroft (@wheatiePGA) January 13, 2018
Man. How do you press the wrong button like that. COME ON MAN— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonFW) January 13, 2018
Wow I normally hit the snooze button a couple times but not today.......hey North Korea chill out man pic.twitter.com/KbtULCxTyE— Jonathan Randolph (@JRandolph88) January 13, 2018