Incident on the Green

Dailey Jackson, Managing Editor

Woman gets hit in the eye by errant golf ball during international golf competition



     On September 28th, the 42nd biennial Ryder Cup began in Guyancourt, France. The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. Beginning in 1927, the competition is split into two days of four-ball and foursome matches, followed by one day of single matches. Each team consists of 12 members, handpicked by team captains based on past performance in events like The Players. One member from the American Team, Brooks Koepka, was among the first eight players to be accepted onto the team because of his exemplary performance in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

     On the first day of the event, Koepka’s drive on the par-four sixth hole veered off course into the crowd, hitting 49-year-old Corine Remande in the right eye. The ball was traveling at over 100 mph when it struck Remande in the eye, causing it to explode on impact.
     “And immediately my sight is finished for me. My first question is how to live now with only one eye?” Remande said in an interview with NBC News.
Remande says that she will pursue legal action against the organization for “not making contact” after the incident occurred to see how she was doing, as well as hearing no warning shouts from the officials that the ball was heading towards the crowd. She feels no animosity towards Koepka himself, instead praising him for his concern and quick response to the accident, as he had ran over to check on her as soon as he could.
Koepka has expressed great sadness over the event and has offered to help Remande and her family in any way he can.
     “I’m heartbroken and all messed up inside. It’s sad and I really am torn up about it. She’s not going to be able to see out of her eye ever again. All because I hit a golf ball. This is definitely the one shot in my career that I am going to regret,” said Koepka.