Ryder Cup fan 'blinded in one eye after being hit by ball which made her eyeball explode'


The Ryder Cup spectator hit by a Brooks Koepka shot says she has lost sight in her right eye.

Corine Remande, 49, was hit by the American’s drive on the sixth hole during the opening day of the event in Paris on Friday.

Mrs Remande received medical attention before being taken taken to a nearby hospital and later transferred to Croix-Rousse hospital in Lyon.

She told AFP: “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.”

Koepka checks on the fan

Koepka checks on the fan

Scans revealed a “fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball” and Mrs Remande later told AFP doctors had confirmed she had lost sight in her right eye.

She says she is now considering legal action to cover medical costs, claiming there was no warning from Ryder Cup officials – or contact since the incident.

She said: “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.”

Koepka went over to check on Remande, who had travelled from Egypt with husband Raphael, immediately after the stray shot.

Fans look on concerned

The fan receives treatment

She said she downplayed the incident to prevent Koepka from becoming distracted.

The European Tour, the co-organiser of the event, are believed to be launching an investigation.

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USA lost the Ryder Cup after a 17.5-10.5 defeat in Paris.



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