A fan who was hit by Brooks Koepka’s errant tee shot during the Ryder Cup has allegedly lost sight in her right eye. The Egyptian fan is now considering legal action.
A fan who was hit by Brooks Koepka’s errant tee shot at the 6th hole on the opening day of the Ryder Cup has allegedly lost sight in her right eye. The Egyptian fan is now considering legal action.
The American’s drive veered off course at the par-four 6th on Thursday, striking 49-year-old Corine Remande from Egypt.
Mrs Remande is now considering legal action to help cover her medical bills after allegedly being told by a doctor that she will not regain sight in her right eye.
"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 has also criticised tournament organisers at Le Golf National for failing to shout as the ball headed for the crowd. She also commented that no one had made any contact with her after the incident to follow up on what had happened or to find out how she was recovering.
A Ryder Cup spokesperson told the BBC: "It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike. We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary”.
Mrs Remande did praise Brooks Koepka on how he handled the incident though, explaining that the three-time major winner went to her immediately to find out she was.
Koepka commented: "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."
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