Spectator struck by golf ball at Ryder Cup loses sight in one eye
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Spectator struck by golf ball at Ryder Cup loses sight in one eye

A woman who was hit in the face by a golf ball at the Ryder Cup over the weekend has lost sight in one of her eyes.

The incident happened during Friday's play at the tournament at The Golf National in Guayancourt, France.

US team member Brooks Koepka teed off on the sixth hole of the course, and his wayward ball collided with an unidentified spectator in the crowds.

Koepka and his caddy shouted four as soon as the ball was struck in an attempt to warn those on the edges of the fairway to look out.

The US golfer was visibly shaken by the incident after going to check on her.

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It has since emerged that 49-year-old Corine Remand, who had travelled with her husband from Egypt to attend the event, has lost the sight in her right eye.

She is reportedly planning to sue organisers of the event.

Speaking to AFP  Mrs Remande revealed that 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.

She added that she planned to seek legal action, claiming there was no warning from officials before the veered left into the gallery.

“Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers,” she said as she left the Croix-Rousse hospital in Lyon.

“Officials did not shout any warning as the player’s ball went into the crowd."

She acknowledged the efforts of Koepka to console her after the incident, saying: “I appreciated the gesture from the golfer”.

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“I tried to stay positive with him so that he didn’t lose his concentration. But once I was taken away, I didn’t hear anything from the organisers.”

Remande 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.

Several fans took to Twitter after the incident to criticise the number of fellow fans failing to lend a hand.

They were quick to note the startling number of onlookers attempting to film the incident on their phones rather than offer help.