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Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

A Prescott Valley man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning Thursday while playing golf.

He's doing incredibly well considering what he went through just over 12 hours ago.

His friends and first responders thought he was dead -- in fact his heart stopped twice before he got to the hospital.

"I hit my second shot and I'm walking down the fairway with these boys and that's the end of story," says Roy Row.

Every Thursday afternoon you can find Roy Row here with his three buddies at the Antelope Hills Golf Course.

But Thursday is one day he won't soon forget. The 76-year-old was just approaching the last hole for the day.

"We said, gee, you know we're kind of silly being out here with these heavy clouds because the clouds overhead were dark black."

Without thinking much of the impending storm, they quickly played on.

Roy was just about to approach the 18th hole when that lighting strike came. It hit him and then knocked his three buddies to the ground.

"Near as I can tell -- I was hit directly."

His three friends ran to him, thinking he was dead. He had no pulse. They immediately called 911 -- and began CPR -- saving his life.

He was quickly transported to the hospital. He doesn't remember anything before the strike.

"That was the farthest thing from my mind that I got zapped. I got zapped in the side of the head."

In fact -- take a look at the hat he was wearing.

"You can see it almost disintegrated."

Miraculously, he didn't suffer any major injuries. Just a busted eardrum and extreme tingling in his hands.

But, he says, he will definitely be heading back out to the course with this three buddies.

"As I said to Dave, you guys owe me because I'm the tallest and I took the hit!"

If all goes well, Row will hopefully be released from the hospital Saturday. He can't wait to get back to the golf course.

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