Woman's eyeball 'exploded' after being struck by Ryder Cup tee-shot
During golf tournaments, there's always the chance that the golfer can send a misdirected ball into a bystander. There have been plenty of occasions when the ball has hit a crowd member without harm, or with only a bruise to show for it. However, in this recent case, things were far worse for the person unlucky enough to be hit.
On the opening day of the Ryder Cup, one spectator was hit by a shot taken by Brooks Koepka. The American's drive on the par-four sixth hole veered off course, striking a woman in the eye, leading to her reportedly losing sight in that eye and seriously considering legal action, AFP reports.
Corine Remande, aged 49, who had travelled from Egypt for the event, was struck in the right eye. "Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye," she told AFP, before explaining that she may have to take legal action to help cover her medical bills.
"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."
Remande levelled criticism at the tournament organisers for apparently "not making contact" after the incident to see if she was okay. She also claims that there was "no warning shout from the course official when the ball was heading towards the crowd".
Here's the moment the ball hit the gathered spectators:
However, she didn't have the same anger for Koepka, who went over to see how she was once he realised someone had been hurt. Remande apparently downplayed the incident at the time, so that the golfer "would stay concentrated". Speaking about what had happened afterwards, the 28-year-old golfer said:
"It looked like it hurt. 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."
Hopefully, Remande pulls through okay and is able to pay her medical bills - but when a doctor tells you that you've suffered from "an explosion of the eyeball", things might not be in your favour.