Ryder Cup spectator 'loses sight' in right eye

Brooks Koepka attends to the injured woman

A spectator hit by a Brooks Koepka tee shot at the Ryder Cup says she has lost sight in her right eye and is considering legal action, AFP reports.

The incident happened on the opening day of the event when the American’s drive on the par-four sixth hole veered off course, striking 49-year-old Corine Remande, who had travelled from Egypt.

“Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye,” she told AFP.

Mrs Remande said the reason for legal action was to help cover medical bills.

She added: “It happened so fast, I didn’t feel any pain when I was hit.

“I didn’t feel like the ball had struck my eye and then I felt the blood start to pour. The scan on Friday confirmed a fracture of the right eye-socket and an explosion of the eyeball.”

Mrs Remande also criticised the Paris tournament organisers for “not making contact” after the incident to find out how she was. She also claims there was “no warning shout from the course official when the ball was heading towards the crowd”.

The spectator praised three-time major winner Koepka, who went over to see how she was. Mrs Remande said she downplayed the incident so that the golfer “would stay concentrated”.

“It looked like it hurt,” the 28-year-old said afterwards.

He added: “It’s hard to control a golf ball, especially for 300 yards, and a lot of times the fans are close to the fairway.

“You can yell ‘fore’ but it doesn’t matter from 300 yards, you can’t hear it.”

The BBC has contacted the European Tour, the co-organiser of the event, for a response to Mrs Remande’s claims.


BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter

Spectating at golf tournaments can be a hazardous business. Top players are not as precise as you might expect and errant tee shots occasionally have nowhere to go other than into packed galleries.

These misdirected missiles have the speed to do plenty of damage but more often than not injuries are limited to cuts and bruises. Players usually offer a signed glove to the victim, as if that will ease the pain.

In more serious incidents, injuries can be very unsettling for the players involved. The majority sound a warning cry of “fore” but there are some who appear content to allow fans to be a barrier to prevent their balls from flying into deeper trouble and remain silent in the wake of wayward blows.

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