Her eye

Fan at the Ry­der Cup loses sight in

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

A SPEC­TA­TOR struck by a golf ball at the week­end’s Ry­der Cup said she has lost the sight in her right eye and is plan­ning to sue or­gan­is­ers.

Corine Re­mande, 49, had trav­elled to France from Egypt with her hus­band Raphael to watch the bi­en­nial show­down be­tween Europe and the United States, held at Le Golf Na­tional club in Saint-Quentin-en-Yve­lines just 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 apol­o­gised to Re­mande fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Re­mande, how­ever, said on Mon­day that she planned to seek le­gal ac­tion, claim­ing there was no warn­ing from of­fi­cials be­fore the ball hur­tled into the gallery.

‘Ex­plo­sion of the eye­ball’

“Quite clearly, there is re­spon­si­bil­ity on the part of the or­gan­is­ers,” Re­mande 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.”

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 or­gan­is­ers.”

Re­mande is set to con­sult a lawyer on Tues­day 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.

Re­mande re­ceived first aid on the spot be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a spe­cial­ist eye hospi­tal in Paris.

She was then driven to her par­ents’ home in Lyon af­ter doc­tors ad­vised her not to fly im­me­di­ately back to Egypt.

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 ex­plained: “How­ever they told me I’d lost the sight in my right eye, and this was what was con­firmed to me [on Mon­day].”

Her hus­band said: “In the best case sce­nario, she may be able to see shapes af­ter the bruis­ing eases in a month or so.”

Con­tacted via email, the EPGA – Euro­pean golf ’s gov­ern­ing body – said it will “in­ves­ti­gate” the in­ci­dent, which could “take some time”.

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