Woman Struck by Golf Ball Talks About Ordeal, Hopes for Safety Changes

By Reuters
October 4, 2018 Updated: October 4, 2018

The French woman struck by a golf ball that left her blind in one eye during the Ryder Cup on Sept. 28 says she initially didn’t know what had happened.

Corine Remande, who was speaking to the BBC in Lyon on Oct. 3, was struck in the eye when American Brooks Koepka’s drive veered wide of the fairway on the opening day of the tournament between Europe and the United States in Paris.

Remande added that she hoped her accident would improve safety precautions at golf tournaments.

Koepka, who is in Scotland for this week’s European Tour event, said at a news conference on Oct. 3 that he was heartbroken and described the incident as one of the worst days of his life.

Ball strikes in golf are an occasional hazard but serious injuries as a result are relatively rare.

The Royal & Ancient, custodians of golf’s laws and organizers of the British Open, state in the terms and conditions on the back of its Open tickets that spectators “assume all risk” of being struck by a golf ball.

The PGA Tour does likewise at U.S. tournaments.