America’s Brooks Koepka says he is “heartbroken” after finding out this his wayward tee shot on the sixth hole in the Ryder Cup on Friday caused a fan to lose her eyesight in one eye after hitting her with the ball.
The shot hit Corine Remande, 49, who had travelled from Egypt to watch the contest at Le National in France. Koepka also said his “stomach sank” on hearing the news at St Andrews where he is due to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this weekend.
“Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life. 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.
“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. It’s sad and I’m really torn up about it.”
The 28-year old world number three tweeted a statement on Tuesday.
Mrs Remande initially said she downplayed the incident so the golfer would “stay concentrated”.
“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.”
A Ryder Cup spokesman has said that the tournament organisers had been in communication with her family and that they would “continue to offer support for as long as necessary”.