Woman hit by Koepka’s tee shot, blinded in one eye, speaks with media
The woman hit by Brooks Koepka’s tee shot at the Ryder Cup has spoken with the media for the first time. 49-year-old Corine Remande was struck in her right eye by Koepa’s drive at the par-4 6th hole at Le Golf National, Sunday.
As multiple outlets have reported, Remande, who lives in Egypt but traveled to the competition with her husband, has permanently lost sight in the eye.
“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,” she told BBC Sport. “I don’t know how to live with only one eye. I like walking, sport, going to the gym and playing golf.”
From a hospital in Lyon, Remande said she is planning legal action and hopes to improve public safety. However, it’s not clear exactly what form this would take.
She claims marshals didn’t warn spectators a tee shot was approaching or make clear players were attempting to drive the green at the par 4. She also says signage about spectator risk was inadequate. Remande also says officials neither checked on her after she was struck nor visited her at the hospital
The European Tour says “fore” was shouted by players and marshals and, per the BBC, “Ryder Cup tickets contained ground regulations which clearly stated that spectators acknowledge the general risks associated with golf, including risks with errant shots.”
Remande says she doesn’t hold Koepka responsible.
Ahead of the Dunhill Links Championship, Koepka told reporters, “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.”
He also tweeted the following, Tuesday.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka)