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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

'I could have died': Ryder Cup fan


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The fan blinded in one eye at the Ryder Cup says she could have died after being hit by an errant shot from US player Brooks Koepka.

Corin Remande travelled with her husband from their home in Egypt to watch the Ryder Cup in Paris, when she was unfortunately hit by the wayward shot.

The French woman told the BBC that she could have been even more seriously hurt if the ball had missed her eye and struck her on the side of the head.

Remande, 49, says she is planning legal action against the organisers saying course officials did not give appropriate warnings.

"It's so nice to be on the golf course, to see the players. I hope that this terrible accident will improve safety for the public," said Mrs Remande,

"The doctor said immediately to my husband that it was a very big explosion in my eye and it was impossible for me now to see again with this eye."

Mrs Remande said she was "very angry" about a number of issues, including a lack of safety warnings, how officials did not check on her or visit her in hospital and that the marshals did not warn that a ball was coming because spectators would not have heard shouts of ‘fore’ from the tee.

Remande lays on the ground after being hit.

The injured golf fan said she did not blame Koepka for the accident but was worried about how life will play out now that she is missing an eye.

"I don't know how to live with only one eye. I like walking, sport, going to the gym and playing golf," she said.

The European Tour said in a statement on Tuesday: "We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

"It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike."

Meanwhile the Tour responded to claims that nobody shouted fore after the tee shot.

The Tour said: "Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that 'fore' was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances."

The fan blinded in one eye at the Ryder Cup says she could have died after being hit by an errant shot from US player Brooks Koepka.

Corin Remande travelled with her husband from their home in Egypt to watch the Ryder Cup in Paris, when she was unfortunately hit by the wayward shot.

The French woman told the BBC that she could have been even more seriously hurt if the ball had missed her eye and struck her on the side of the head.

Remande, 49, says she is planning legal action against the organisers saying course officials did not give appropriate warnings.

"It's so nice to be on the golf course, to see the players. I hope that this terrible accident will improve safety for the public," said Mrs Remande,

"The doctor said immediately to my husband that it was a very big explosion in my eye and it was impossible for me now to see again with this eye."

Mrs Remande said she was "very angry" about a number of issues, including a lack of safety warnings, how officials did not check on her or visit her in hospital and that the marshals did not warn that a ball was coming because spectators would not have heard shouts of ‘fore’ from the tee.

Remande lays on the ground after being hit.

The injured golf fan said she did not blame Koepka for the accident but was worried about how life will play out now that she is missing an eye.

"I don't know how to live with only one eye. I like walking, sport, going to the gym and playing golf," she said.

The European Tour said in a statement on Tuesday: "We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

"It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike."

Meanwhile the Tour responded to claims that nobody shouted fore after the tee shot.

The Tour said: "Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that 'fore' was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances."

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