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Fan hit by Koepka drive says sight gone in eye

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Updated Tuesday, Oct. 2. at 3:20 p.m. ET

Brooks Koepka posted a message on Twitter offering support to the fan struck by his golf ball.

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:49 a.m. ET

The spectator who was struck in the face by an errant Brooks Koepka tee shot on Friday at the Ryder Cup said she has lost the sight in her right eye and is planning to sue Ryder Cup organizers, according to The Telegraph.

Corine Remande, 49, was among a group of spectators gathered around the green at the sixth hole at Le Golf National club in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris.

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The sixth hole is a short, drivable, par-4. Koepka's tee shot missed the green and struck Remande in the face.

On Monday, Remande, who had traveled from Egypt to France with her husband Raphael to watch the Ryder Cup, said no one issued a warning that the ball was headed for the gallery.

"Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers," Remande told the news agency Agence France Presse (AFP).

A Ryder Cup spokesperson released this statement on Tuesday:

“It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long term consequences from a ball strike. 

“The spectator hit by a ball at the sixth hole during Friday’s play was treated by first responders immediately and taken to hospital. We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

“Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that ‘fore’ was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances.”

When Koepka reached the green, he apologized to Remande, a gesture she said she appreciated.

Remande said doctors told her on Monday that she had lost the sight in her right eye.