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Ryder Cup 2018: European Tour makes statement on golf fan left blind in one eye from Brooks Koepka ball
Corine Remande was left bloodied and scans have confirmed ‘a fracture of the right eye socket and an explosion of the eyeball’
The Ryder Cup organisers say they will ‘continue to offer support for as long as necessary’ to a golf fan left blind in one eye while watching the 2018 edition.
Corine Remande, 49, was with her husband to watch the event, which was won by Europe, but was knocked to the ground on the first day when Brooks Koepka’s wayward ball struck her.
Scans on her eye revealed a “fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball”, which, she said, surgeons managed to sew back together.
“However they told me I’d lost the sight in my right eye, and this was what was confirmed to me today (Monday),” Ms Remande told the AFP, revealing she is set to consult a lawyer with a view to seeking damages.
“More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection,” she said.
Koepka was quick to apologise and went over to check on her well being, signing a glove to give to her – a gesture that was appreciated. However, Ms Remande, who was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, said she didn’t hear anything after being carted off.
On Tuesday, a Ryder Cup spokesperson said: “It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long term consequences from a ball strike.
“The spectator hit by a ball at the 6th hole during Friday’s play was treated by first responders immediately and taken to hospital. 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.
“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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