LYON, France — A spectator struck by a golf ball at last weekend’s Ryder Cup said she lost the sight in her right eye and is planning to sue organizers.
Corine Remande, 49, traveled to France from Egypt with her husband to watch the biennial showdown between Europe and the United States, at Le Golf National club in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines outside Paris.
But the avid golf fan’s holiday ended abruptly when a tee shot from American Brooks Koepka veered left, landed among a crowd of spectators on the sixth hole and hit her in the right eye.
US Open champion Koepka swiftly apologized to Remande following the incident.
Remande, however, told AFP on Monday she planned to seek legal action, claiming there was no warning from officials before the ball hurtled into the gallery.
“Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organizers,” Remande told AFP as she left the Croix-Rousse hospital in Lyon.
“Officials did not shout any warning as the player’s ball went into the crowd.”
Remande admitted she “appreciated the gesture from the golfer.”
“I tried to stay positive with him so that he didn’t lose his concentration,” she said. “But once I was taken away, I didn’t hear anything from the organizers.”