Ryder Cup Fan Lost Sight in One Eye After Being Hit By Brooks Koepka Tee Shot

The female spectator who was inadvertently struck in the face by a drive from Brooks Koepka at the Ryder Cup has lost sight in her right eye. She is now considering legal action.

Corine Remande was hit just above her right eye socket when Koepka miscued his tee shot at the fifth hole during Friday's opening fourball match at Le Golf National's golf course on the outskirts of Paris.

The 48-year-old required immediate attention. Pictures showed her laying down with a bandage placed over her right eye.

Remande, who had traveled from Egypt to attend the event, was treated at an eye hospital in Paris, where doctors gave a dramatic diagnosis.

"Doctors told me I had lost the use of that eye," she told Agence France-Presse.

"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."

The woman criticized tournament organizers for "not making contact" with her following the incident and said she was considering legal advice with a view to seeking damages.

"Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organizers," she added.

"Officials did not shout any warning as the player's ball went into the crowd. More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection."

However, Remande praised Koepka's response. The 28-year-old immediately rushed into the crowd to check on the fan and apologize, handing her a signed a glove.

The American appeared visibly shaken after the incident and was wayward on the following two holes, attempting to hit the green in one shot on the par-four sixth.

"It looked like it hurt," the current world No. 3 told reporters in the aftermath of the event, as per BBC Sports.

"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."

The incident marred the only match Koepka won at the Ryder Cup, as he and Toby Finau took the opening fourball against Team Europe's Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

Koepka, who retained the U.S. Open in June and triumphed in the PGA Championship two months later, sat out Friday's foursomes. On Saturday, again playing alongside Finau, he lost the fourball to Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia and subsequently lost the foursome to Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose while playing alongside world number 1 Dustin Johnson.

The 28-year-old's single on Sunday against Paul Casey finished all square as Team Europe clinched the Ryder Cup with 17 ½ points to Team USA 10 ½.

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