Exploding Eyeballs and Heartbreak: Brooks Koepka’s Shot That Cost a Spectator Their Eye

Koepke Ryder Cup Injured Fan | Prevail Golf
A man tends an unidentified injured woman after she was hit by US player Brooks Koepka's ball on the 6th hole during a fourball match on the opening day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

A fan was hit by Brooks Koepka’s shot off the sixth tee at the Ryder Cup on Friday. Corine Remande, 49, told Agence France-Presse that she had suffered a “fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball”, but she remained calm and tried to downplay her injury in its immediate aftermath so that Koepka “would stay concentrated”. Koepka did what any professional golfer would do in this situation; he went to check on the fan’s condition and offered a golf glove and an apology. Little did he know, the situation was much worse than it appeared.

According to the BBC, Koepka told reporters “Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life.” He then stated “I’m not the biggest person on social media, so when I got here [Monday] and had about seven missed calls and 25 text messages, I was like: ‘What’s going on?’”

“Then 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.” Koepka tweeted this yesterday:

Many commenters on Koepka’s tweet seem to think that he should foot the bill for  Ms. Remande’s medical bills. Whether or not that happens, I’m sure he will keep that private. In the meantime, Remande told AFP that there is a possibility of legal action and that Ryder Cup organizers gave no warning that Koepka’s shot was headed towards her. Ryder Cup organizers say that isn’t the case, but will “continue to offer support for as long as necessary.”

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