Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spectator blinded by Ryder Cup tee shot says she could have died

Spectator blinded by Ryder Cup tee shot says she could have died

Corine Remande was struck by a golf ball hit from a Brooks Koepka tee shot, causing her to lose sight on her right eye.

The fan blinded in one eye at the Ryder Cup said she could have died after being hit in the face by a wayward drive.

"For me, it's finished".

"Before being moved, in a big mess, I was afraid of being trampled because Tiger Woods was coming and the crowd was growing around us", she said. "I know it's not very good", he said of his record.

Remande says that her life has been completely changed by the accident.

"She's not going to be able to see out of her eye ever again, I can play golf ... it's upsetting, I don't know any way to put it".

As far as the camaraderie [within the U.S. Ryder Cup team] it was fine, it was ideal. Especially me, I lost two matches and halved another one.

She added: "It happened so fast, I didn't feel any pain when I was hit".

"The stewards should have shouted "fore", she said.

As well as being angry at the lack of warning, Remande has also expressed her disgust at how others reacted when she was struck.

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What do the organisers say?

Ryder Cup officials said in a statement following the incident that "fore" was shouted several times as the ball travelled towards the crowd.

The reports about the incident indicate the two golfers almost, or did, come to blows at a Ryder Cup party on Sunday night and had to be separated.

Jordan Spieth for the end of their successful Ryder Cup partnership and claiming it was "not smart" for captain Jim Furyk to leave him out of two sessions.

It was widely reported that both players attended the European victory party on Sunday night when events turned sour, and they had to be separated when Koepka threaten to "flatten" his close friend who he trains alongside at the same Florida gym.

"The European Tour and the PGA Tour do an unbelievable job on the set-up but unfortunately we can't always hit the fairway every time", continued Koepka. Incidents of this severity are extremely rare.

The R&A, which organises the Open, which will be held at Royal Portrush next year, has said it is already carefully planning viewing areas at the Northern Ireland venue to maximise spectator safety.

However, in a press conference today ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Koepka has attempted to rubbish these claims and refutes any punches were thrown. I haven't had too many tragedies in my personal family where there has been a loss or a tragic accident.

"I'm heartbroken, I'm all messed up inside ... The only thing I could compete at was who could eat the most and I was doing a really good job at that".

"I'm not the biggest on social media".

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