Golfer whose shot hit a fan and 'exploded' her eyeball has been left 'heartbroken' by the incident
A tragic accident can have repercussions which can affect an athletes career forever, particularly when it affects fans and spectators of sports. One person who now knows this all too well is pro golfer Brooks Koepka, who ended up tragically blinding a golf fan watching him play at the famous Ryder Cup in Scotland, after his shot ended up whacking a golf ball straight into her eye. Now the star has come forward to apologise for the unfortunate incident, and offer his condolences.
In an official statement posted to Twitter, Koepka wrote: "I was deeply hurt and saddened by the tragic accident that occurred when a shot I hit off on the sixth tee struck Ms Remande. I spoke to her at the time on the golf course, and after now learning that her condition is worse than first thought, I have made contact with her/family to offer my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. I am heartbroken by this incident. My thoughts remain with Ms Remande and her family, and I have been asked to be kept informed of her condition."
In a later interview discussing the tragedy, the three-time major winner stated: "Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life. I haven't had too many tragedies in my personal family where there's been a loss or any kind of tragic accident so I've been lucky in that sense. I wasn't told until I got to the course - I'm not the biggest person on social media - so when I got here and had about seven missed calls and 25 text messages I was like, 'What's going on?"
"Then I was told the news and obviously I am really heartbroken. 'My stomach sank. Yesterday was probably one of the hardest days trying to focus and play golf just knowing what was going to come when I was done. I spent an hour-and-a-half of my round on the phone trying to understand what was going on because it's hard to get the real story of what was going on. I didn't know if it was fake or not and you want to find out. It's sad and I really am torn up about it."
The victim, 49-year-old Corine Remande, told Agence France-Presse: "Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye. 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. Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers. Officials did not shout any warning as the player's ball went into the crowd. More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection."
Many commentators have suggested that Koepka himself should be responsible for Remande's medical bills, although this subject has not yet been discussed by either party.