Another golf spectator has been struck in the head by a wayward golf shot
A spectator has been left injured after being struck in the head by a wayward shot from defending golf champion Tyrrell Hatton on day one of the Alfred Dunhill Lins Championship.
The woman was pictured bleeding after the incident, which occurred on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses used for the pro-am event.
She was treated by paramedics on the course and afterwards taken to the medical centre on site in a buggy.
Her injuries come less than a week after a 49-year-old woman was left blinded in one eye, after a ball hit by Brooks Koepka veered off course and struck her at high speed at the Ryder Cup.
Hatton - who reportedly gave the woman a comforting hug after hitting her - was described as "visibly shaken" after today's events and stated he was "devastated".
"It’s probably one of the worst feelings I’ve had on a golf course," he said. "It’s the first time I’ve ever hit someone. So, I was pretty devastated, to be honest."
He continued: "I was getting updates when I was out on the golf course, because I wanted to know how she was doing and then when I finished my first nine holes, I got told she was okay and that there were no concerns. She was going to hospital just to have a couple of stitches but there were no concerns from a medical point of view which is good news but, at the same time, I’m just devastated that I’ve hit her."
On Friday, Corine Remande's "eyeball exploded" after being hit by a tee shot from Koepka; she has since claimed that she could have died if the ball had missed her right eye and hit the side of her head.
"For me, it’s finished. I could not speak with you,” she told BBC Sport. "It’s so nice to be on the golf course, to see the players. I hope that with this terrible accident to improve this kind of safety for the public."
Remande, who had travelled from her home in Egypt with her husband to watch the event, continued: "The doctor said immediately to my husband that it was a very big explosion in my eye and it was impossible for me now to see again with this eye. I don’t know how to live with only one eye. I like walking, sport, going to the gym and playing golf."
She is said to be planning legal action against Ryder Cup organisers, claiming that course officials did not give her "adequate warning" when the ball shot into the crowd.
"Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers," said Ms Remande, after undergoing emergency treatment at a specialist eye hospital in Paris.
The European Tour has stated it will offer her “support for as long as necessary”.
A Ryder Cup spokesperson claimed: "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."
Koepka, who hit the ball, has also spoken out about the incident, claiming he is "heartbroken" and describing it as "one of the worst days of my life".