Sony Open disrupted by fake news

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World No 4 Justin Thomas revealed on Saturday that he had been preparing for the end of the world when his best friend, fellow PGA Tour professional Tom Lovelady showed him the above text which was send to millions of Hawaiians mobile phones.

It turned out to be a false alarm, but the text admitting this took nearly 40 minutes to arrive which sent the competitors at the Sony Open in Honolulu as well as all the inhabitants of Hawaii, into a state of terror.

“Pray for us @Sony Open in Hawaii”

was written on the tournament’s official twitter feed.

Justin Thomas said “I was really scared for three or four minutes. But then I was like if it’s my time, it’s my time”

Widespread panic and fear took place after this text message was sent out following North Korea’s threat to use its nuclear missile programme on the US mainland. In December Hawaii tested its nuclear warning siren for the first time since the Cold War.

Golfer Jon Peterson, who was tied second at the time tweeted that he and his family were under mattresses in their hotel bathtub.

The false alarm was blamed on a Government employee’s mistake, a full investigation is under way.

The Sony Open was won by Patton Kizzire after a marathon six hole play off with James Hahn. Kizzire becomes the first multiple winner of the wraparound 2017/2018 season having captured the OHL Classic in Mayakoba in the Autumn. He was the web.com Tour Player of the Year in 2015 and with three top tens in the last seven events, he now tops the FedEx standings.

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