A GOLF spectator has been hit by a wayward ball at a major tournament less than a week after another was blinded at the Ryder Cup.
The woman was pictured bleeding from a head wound after the shot by British defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, 26, on the first day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. She was treated on the Kingsbarn Golf Course near St Andrews before being taken to the medical centre.
It comes after Corine Remande’s right eyeball ‘exploded’ after it was struck by a wayward tee shot by American Brooks Koepka, 28, during the opening session of the Ryder Cup last Friday. The Frenchwoman, 49, has been left blind in her right eye after the shot on the sixth hole of Le Golf National club near Paris. Koepka, who is also playing in the Alfred Dunhill competition, called it ‘one of the worst days of my life’.
He said on Wednesday: ‘I haven’t had too many tragedies in my personal family where there’s been a loss or any kind of tragic accident so I’ve been lucky in that sense,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t told until I got to the course — I’m not the biggest person on social media — so when I got here and had about seven missed calls and 25 text messages I was like, “What’s going on?”. Then I was told the news and obviously I am really heartbroken. My stomach sank.’
Ms Remande, who is considering legal action against the Ryder Cup organisers, has also said she has ‘nothing against’ Koepka.