American Ryder Cup star Brooks Koepka says he is “heartbroken” to hear the golf fan hit by his tee shot has been blinded in one eye. On Twitter, US Open champion Koepka said he had made contact with Corine Remande and her family to offer his “sincere and heartfelt sympathy”.
Remande, 49, who was hit by a wayward Koepka drive at the Ryder Cup, has told the French press she has been blinded in one eye, which “exploded”.
She taken to hospital after the incident and is now considering legal action against the golf tournament’s organizers. “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.”
Koepka was clearly upset he had hit a fan on the sixth hole of the opening day of the Ryder Cup, and quickly made his way over to where Remande was receiving treatment. “It’s not a fun feeling. I probably do it way more than I should,” Koepka said after his round.
“You feel terrible for them.
“You know exactly how they are feeling, especially when you’ve got to go over there and apologize because they are in pain, usually bleeding, and then to hit her in the face is not … you don’t want to hit anybody in the face, especially not a woman, and it’s not a good feeling.”
Koepka has asked to be kept informed of how Remande was faring.
Remande said tournament organizers had not shown the same level of care, criticizing them for “not making contact” with her after she was taken to hospital.
She reportedly plans to seek legal advice with a view to seeking damages.
“Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organizers,” she told AFP.
“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.”