Ryder Cup 2018: the spectator "loses his sight" after being hit by Brooks Koepka's tee shot • Swing Update


The European tour initially indicated that Mrs. Remande had not suffered serious injuries

A spectator hit by a tee shot by Brooks Koepka at the Ryder Cup said she had lost sight of her right eye and was considering legal action, reports AFP.

The incident occurred on the opening day of the event as the American pulled out of the sixth hole, hitting 49-year-old Corine Remande, who had left Egypt.

"The doctors told me that I had lost the use of that eye," she told AFP.

Ms Remande said the lawsuit was intended to help cover medical expenses.

She added, "It happened so fast that I did not feel pain when I was touched.

"I did not have the impression that the balloon had hit my eye, then the blood started to flow.The Friday scan confirmed a fracture of the right eye socket and an eyeball explosion . "

Ms. Remande also criticized the tournament organizers in Paris for their "lack of contact" after the incident in order to find out how she was doing. She also claimed that there was "no warning shout from the field official when the ball went towards the crowd".

A spokesman for the Ryder Cup told the BBC: "It is sad to hear that someone can suffer the long-term consequences of a ball hit.

The woman who lost the sight of an eye after being hit by a golf ball

"We have been in communication with the family concerned, starting with the immediate treatment on the route, then providing support, helping with the repatriation logistics, including ensuring a transfer of the family from Paris to Lyon. will continue to provide this support as long as necessary.

"Bullet strikes are an occasional danger to spectators, but this type of incident is extremely rare.

"We can confirm that before has been shouted many times, but we also know how difficult it is to know when and where each ball is hit if you are in the crowd.

"We are extremely friendly and will do everything in our power to support the viewer, as far as possible in very difficult circumstances."

Ms. Remande praised the triple-winner Koepka, who went to see how she was doing. She said she played down the incident so that the golfer "stays focused".

"It looked like it hurt," said the 28-year-old.

He added: "It's hard to control a golf ball, especially for 300 yards, and often, fans are close to the fairway.

"You can scream … but it does not matter at 300 meters, you can not hear it."

Thomas Bjorn, captain of the European Ryder Cup team, said: "It's terrible, it's an abnormal crash and all our thoughts are going towards it."

According to the Golf Care specialty insurance company, there are an average of 12,400 golf-related injuries requiring hospitalization each year in the United Kingdom.


Iain Carter, golf correspondent at BBC Sport

Seeing golf tournaments can be a dangerous business. The best players are not as accurate as one might expect and the errant shots sometimes have nowhere to go other than in packed galleries.

These misdirected missiles have the speed needed to do a lot of damage, but most often, injuries are limited to cuts and bruises. Players usually offer a signed glove to the victim as if it relieves pain.

In more serious incidents, injuries can be very disturbing for the players involved. Most are launching an avant-garde cry, but some seem pleased to allow fans to be a barrier preventing their balls from flying into deeper trouble and staying silent as a result of capricious blows.