Golf: Ryder Cup fan blinded by tee shot takes legal action against organisers

People gather around an injured spectator during a fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A Frenchwoman blinded in one eye after being hit by a wayward tee shot at the Ryder Cup is taking legal action against the event's organisers, she said on Tuesday (Oct 2).

Corine Remande, 49, was hit on Friday's opening day, when American Brooks Koepka's drive on the par-four sixth hole veered off course.

She launched her legal action in the French city of Lyon on Tuesday.

The complaint, seen by AFP, alleges organisers were responsible for "a lack of safety rules".

"The player should have shouted 'ball', or 'fore' for English speakers. Given the distance, the stewards should have relayed this information to the green," she adds in the complaint.

Remande told AFP after being examined at a Lyon hospital on Monday: "They told me I'd lost the sight in my right eye and this was confirmed to me today."

She has a fractured eye socket and a damaged eyeball.

Remande said there was no warning from stewards at the course before the ball hurtled into the gallery.

"Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers," she told AFP.

She and her husband Raphael had travelled to France from their home in Egypt to watch the biennial showdown between Europe and the United States, held at Le Golf National just outside Paris.

Ryder Cup organisers said they would "continue to offer support" to Remande, but said a warning was shouted to spectators.


"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," a statement said.

"It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long term consequences from a ball strike," the organisers said, adding: "Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare."

Organisers said they had been in contact with the family and had helped "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.

"We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances."

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.

Remande said: "More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection."

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