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Scoreboard, TV Towers Downed By Storm At Doral Golf Tourney

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World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Round One

DORAL (CBS4) — It’s definitely not a golf day in South Florida. Strong gusts have suspended play at the Cadillac Championship, and destroyed the large manual scoreboard near the 18th green at Doral and toppled a TV tower into a pond behind the ninth green.

Players were removed from the golf course at 11:45 a.m. Thursday as a storm system approached.

Less than an hour later, a microburst sent the scoreboard crashing down. PGA Tour officials surveying the damage said it could not be repaired.

Two television towers toppled — one behind the eighth green, the other behind the ninth green — and the top of the tower was submerged in a small pond behind the ninth.

None of the structures would affect play, and the first round was to resume at 2:30 p.m.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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