Ryder Cup spectator "loses eyesight" after a wayward tee shot
Corine Remande has said that she has lost sight in her right eye as a result of a wayward Brooks Koepka tee shot at last weekend's Ryder Cup.
Remande, 49, fractured her right eye-socket and suffered damage directly to her eye which doctors apparently could not repair.
Remande is now considering taking legal action against tournament organisers to help cover her medical costs with the Egyptian woman telling AFP that she felt blood started to pour from her eye.
“It happened so fast, I didn’t feel any pain when I was hit,” Remande told the press agency. “I didn’t feel like the ball had struck my eye and then I felt the blood start to pour.”
Ryder Cup organisers released a statement on Tuesday in response to the incident and revealed that they have been in touch with the Remande family and that 'fore', a term commonly used in golf to warn anyone standing or moving in the flight of a golf ball, was used several times before contact was made.
Organisers said in a statement:
“It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long term consequences from a ball strike.
“The spectator hit by a ball at the sixth hole during Friday’s play was treated by first responders immediately and taken to hospital. 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.
“Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that ‘fore’ was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances.”