The Ryder Cup was a complete disaster for the United States team but it was even a bigger disaster for Corine Remande, who no longer has vision in one of her eyes.
Remande, who traveled all the way from Egypt, was a spectator at this year’s Ryder Cup tournament and she was hoping to see some great golf. Unfortunately, she was struck directly in the eye by a Brooks Koepka drive on the par-4 sixth hole. The ball hit Remande, who is considering legal action, so hard that it actually caused her eyeball to explode.
“Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye,” she told AFP.
Mrs Remande said the reason for legal action was to help cover medical bills.
She added: “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 also claims that there was “no warning shout from the course official when the ball was heading towards the crowd”
A Ryder Cup spokesman had the following to say about the unfortunate incident.
“It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike.
“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.”