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Woman hit by Koepka’s tee shot, blinded in one eye, speaks with media

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The woman hit by Brooks Koepka’s tee shot at the Ryder Cup has spoken with the media for the first time. 49-year-old Corine Remande was struck in her right eye by Koepa’s drive at the par-4 6th hole at Le Golf National, Sunday.

As multiple outlets have reported, Remande, who lives in Egypt but traveled to the competition with her husband, has permanently lost sight in the eye.

“The doctor said immediately to my husband that it was a very big explosion in my eye and it was impossible for me now to see again with this eye,” she told BBC Sport. “I don’t know how to live with only one eye. I like walking, sport, going to the gym and playing golf.”

From a hospital in Lyon, Remande said she is planning legal action and hopes to improve public safety. However, it’s not clear exactly what form this would take.

She claims marshals didn’t warn spectators a tee shot was approaching or make clear players were attempting to drive the green at the par 4. She also says signage about spectator risk was inadequate. Remande also says officials neither checked on her after she was struck nor visited her at the hospital

The European Tour says “fore” was shouted by players and marshals and, per the BBC, “Ryder Cup tickets contained ground regulations which clearly stated that spectators acknowledge the general risks associated with golf, including risks with errant shots.”

Remande says she doesn’t hold Koepka responsible.

Ahead of the Dunhill Links Championship, Koepka told reporters, “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.”

He also tweeted the following, Tuesday.

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  1. Curt

    Oct 6, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Players hit it so far now it’s really difficult to keep an eye on the ball. Along with distance goes the angle as well, could be looking directly at it and just not see it thanks to sunlight. Unfortunately fans are brave enough to stand in the general drive zone and drivable par 4’s require some savage swings.. Maybe it’s time to slow down the distance a bit, shrink the drivers to make pros think a little more than swinging as hard as possible thanks to a giant face.. Imagine if the MLB let there equipment get stronger every year how dangerous foul balls would be nevermind players in the in field along with how big the stadiums would be lol. I guess I’m one of the rare ones who find Driver Wedge over and over again boring.

  2. Dunn

    Oct 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    People need to take responsibility for themselves….people blame everything on everyone….I was hurt very bad (changed my life forever) and could have sued but I didnt cuz it was my own friggen fault!

  3. Dunn

    Oct 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    These spectators get way too close to fairway, seen hundreds of people inches from path these guys are swinging on….if your gonna go to these events and you golf well you know how it is…..stay out of line of fire, feel bad for this woman and many others just like her but hey, you have to be a bit pro active and and know that balls are coming your way if you choose to stand near landing zones of these shots…sucks for Bruce too cuz now he has this on his conscience and he is just trying to play golf……give these guys some room, pay attn to shots being hit and if if you cant see the ball dont look up….

  4. HDTVMAN

    Oct 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    She is an avid golfer, traveled to France for the Ryder Cup, has probably been to other tournaments, and has seen golf on TV. There is a risk at golf tournaments and baseball games at being struck by a ball. It was an unavoidable accident, and there is nothing to sue for. On TV we’ve seen people get hit and bleed, but you can’t sue. There are no legal grounds. On cross examination, you’ll be asked if you’ve seen spectators hit by a golf ball on TV? You’ll be asked why you weren’t paying attention? It has been stated “fore” was yelled several times, and players on the tee pointed to the ball going into the crowd. Why didn’t you turn your head and duck? If the person next to you ducked and you were struck, would you sue them for moving and allowing the ball to strike you? What about suing the crowd for loudness if you didn’t hear the warning? Let’s face it…it was an accident and no one is at fault.

  5. Deegee

    Oct 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Some of the remarks on here are disgusting. I’m sure you would be making such flippant comments if it was your own daughter or son who has lost an eye and their life has changed forever.

    I hope that a loophole in the law is found and she gets judgement to help her future.
    For example, a lot of small print is irrelevant if it’s not understandable…perhaps it is written in English and she doesn’t read that language.

    Of course, there’s always a signed glove from the offending Golfer to fall back on.!!

    • NormW

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      She is reported to say that she likes watching sports and playing golf. You don’t need fine print to explain the obvious. Life ruined? My club has a golfer with sight in one eye who plays to a 2 and is Club Champ.

      • Barry

        Oct 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        It is called a ‘life changing’ injury for a reason

  6. joro

    Oct 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    It is almost as stupid as the Liberal Fords accusations. You go to a Tournament where anything is possible, You stand there in the hitting area yards from the Fairway and then are surprised you got hit. I feel very sorry for her but she has no case other than Money. Phoooey.

    • Klondiko

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Gives real meaning to the term “Keep your eyes on the ball”.

    • Evan

      Oct 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      You’re a doofus. STFU

  7. Jonathan wright

    Oct 5, 2018 at 10:30 am

    As I feel very bad for what happened to her, I pray that she wins nothing in this stupid lawsuit. She’s old nothing, but if Brooks himself wanted to help her out with some of the medical bills, I would see that as being very honorable.

    You enter at your own risk in any professional golf tournament.

    • Robert

      Oct 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      In Europe we have an incurance, so the medical bills will be paid.

  8. MeanJeanOkerlund

    Oct 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I feel bad for her and it sucks big time, but she’s talking like she might not be able to go on in life. Clearly, she needs to pay a visit to her local Veteran’s Rehab Center. She’ll learn quickly that this is minor in the grand scheme of life and she just needs to suck it up, make adjustments where needed, and carry on.

  9. Tom

    Oct 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Tragic accident…..all she can say is “Aaaarrrrggghhhh!”

  10. Terry

    Oct 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Not that he has to, but hopefully BK provides some financial support on the low down.

    • Bob Parsons

      Oct 5, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Absolutely underrated comment, LOL.’

      BOOM BABY,
      BP

  11. Golf Golf Golf

    Oct 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry about your eye… but the disclaimer on tickets usually indemnifies the player, course and tournament sponsor from this very thing. Enter at your own risk. Sadly its your loss (pun intended)

    • LawDontGoRoundHere

      Oct 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      You know nothing of what you speak of. Those disclaimers don’t mean jack in a court of law. People do sue and do win in these cases.

      • Jamie

        Oct 5, 2018 at 2:38 am

        Whose court? Those disclaimers do stand up here. Yes, there is a world outside of Libtardville.

      • Bob Parsons

        Oct 5, 2018 at 8:42 am

        I’m not sure you understand the concept of indemnity….

  12. Herbie

    Oct 4, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Lol

  13. Jamie

    Oct 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    “It’s not my fault! It’s my right to be happy and unoffended!”
    -Every Socialist in history

  14. Geoff

    Oct 4, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Fell bad for her…but maybe less mimosa’s and more watching the event and this could have been avoided.

  15. Dave

    Oct 4, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This is sad but what does she hope to accomplish? Are we going to have to line the fairways with nets to protect spectators? This rush to litigation is so prevalent these days. I feel for her but at some point, take a little blame for not paying attention at a sporting event where golf balls are being hit.

  16. Kevin

    Oct 4, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Wear a hat and pay attention.

    • Luke

      Oct 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Such sympathy!

      • Kevin

        Oct 5, 2018 at 10:00 am

        Your sympathy will bring her eyesight back? My good advice could help others in the future.

  17. Jamie

    Oct 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Germany, Italy, and Spain will pay for it. Socialism works.

  18. DrRob1963

    Oct 3, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    This is the risk we all take whenever we walk onto a golf course. It is possible, it does happen!

  19. rymail00

    Oct 3, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Wow that’s awful, and extremely unfortunate for her. But I think we all know what the out come will be from this, much like baseball games, and hockey, you basically waive all rights once you buy the ticket unless it turns into a Detroit basketball game where your physically attacked by player. Any injury from foul ball or errant drive your basically screwed if you get hurt. Its unfortunate but thats the risk.

    I can’t imagine losing eye sight or some other type of sense due to attending a sporting event….

  20. James

    Oct 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Sad news… and I feel for this woman.

    Not specific to her because I don’t know the details but I am always amazed at most of the spectators lining the fairways who are not even looking back at the tee. They are often the ones who are hit by an errant tee shot.

  21. Tomt

    Oct 3, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Wow your life can change so fast! Sad story

    • Johnny Penso

      Oct 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      If you don’t know exactly where the ball is, you should be looking away. You’re not going to get very injured getting hit on the back of your body. All the important stuff is at the front.

  22. Bruce Ferguson

    Oct 3, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    A very sad and regrettable accident. Reminds me of an incident a few years back where a young lady was struck by a hockey puck at a hockey game.

    As rare as these incidents are, they are always possible.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/girl-killed-by-stray-hockey-puck/

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Brooks Koepka can’t stop defending major titles

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All right, it’s only two, but its two-consecutive PGA Championships…on the heels of two-straight U.S. Open titles. Thanks to the PGA moving up three months, he kinda-sorta has both doubles at the same time.

Brooks Koepka fought the golf course, his swing, the competition, and the self-inflicted pressure that he strives to minimize, and came out a winner. His margin of victory over workout pal Dustin Johnson was two strokes. Johnson had his chances but failed to capitalize. Can you fault him? If you had told him on Wednesday that he would be the only man to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, he might have anticipated a trophy at week’s end. Not to be. Despite a sequence of stumbles, Koepka parred the odd 18th hole and earned his sixth PGA Tour title and fourth major championship.

Here are five reasons he did it.

5. Dustin Johnson might be a one-off major winner, after all.

What they said couldn’t be done, was in Johnson’s grasp. Koepka’s apparently-insurmountable, 7-shot advantage had withered to 2 mere blows, and the man responsible for the winnowing was Dustin Johnson. The man from Myrtle was 3-under on the day, and stood a mere 12 feet from a 4th birdie at the 10th. Behind him, Koepka was even for the day, and about to birdie the 10th hole from 2 feet. Johnson missed, then bogeyed the 11th. What if DJ had made his birdie, and the roars had erupted. Would Koepka have stuffed his ridiculous, 160-yard lob wedge for a kick-in birdie? Probably not. DJ had to be perfect on Sunday, and when he most needed the endurance and the mental fortitude, both were lacking.

4. Koepka survived

I’ve played BPB and I’ve watched my high school golfers compete on it during New York state federation play. It is as difficult as you saw today. One bad swing leads to a bad hole, and it might lead to a run of four bogeys, as Koepka had on holes 11-14. He bogeyed a par five! He bogeyed a flip-shot par three!! He then turned around and parred the two most difficult holes of the closing stretch. Despite another bogey on his nemesis, the 17th, Koepka had enough wiggle room to limp home with par for a 2-shot victory.

3. Koepka elevated his game when needed

There was a point when the lead was down to one stroke, but if not for this shot, Koepka and Johnson would have been tied. The champion knew the adrenaline he was feeling, which explains the ludicrous thought that a gap wedge would fly 158 yards in the air. It did, and the ball settled two feet below the hole at the 10th. No matter what was happening in front of him, Koepka was about to shave a stroke from par. Golfers who choke a tournament away never make shots like this one.

2. Despite this…

I don’t have any words to describe this exchange. Your guy is trying to win a major, and somehow, it seems to be about you?

1. Karma

Doing a kind thing when you least need to do a kind thing, leads to Shivas, the god of Irons, smiling down on you.

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PGA Championship: 5 things we learned on Saturday

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Day three at Bethpage promised to differ from the first 48 hours of the 2019 PGA Championship. With a halved field and no 10th-hole tee times, odds of missing your tee time were reduced, even for David Lipsky. Brooks Koepka began the day with a 7-stroke lead, but the chance to chase him down depended on one of two scenarios playing out.

The first demanded similar course conditions to days one and two. In that situation, someone would shoot 63 or 64, hoping Koepka remained at par or higher. Conditions were different, as the wind picked up and then swirled, sending a higher number of tee shots into the rough and beyond. As for the second, well, it required Koepka to balloon to a mid- to high-70s score, allowing a score anywhere below par to make up ground. Neither one happened, and Koepka left the state park with the same lead as he had 24 hours prior. We still learned quite a bit on Saturday, so have a look at the 5 most important things we learned on Saturday at the 2019 PGA Championship.

5. New names made their presence known

Ardent followers of professional golf have read about Jazz Janewattananond, Harold Varner III and Luke List, but until today, none had made a dent in the first page of a major professional event. Each sits at -5, tied with Dustin Johnson, seven blows behind Koepka. Varner will accompany Koepka on the Sunday march, but all four of the minus-fives will play either for 2nd spot, or the coveted “If Koepka should falter” trophy.

4. How do you come from THAT far behind?

Simply put, you need to make six birdies at least, get to 9 or 10 under par, and pray for rain. Koepka’s swing looks like it’s here to stay. He doesn’t get tired physically, and he isn’t under the weather. Yesterday, I predicted that Matt Wallace would hit more shots like this one. I stand by that prediction, and expect Wallace (at -4) to be the only one of the chasers to give Koepka a run. Wallace is playing for the same sort of legitimacy as the leader. Koepka wants to be a part of the conversation for best golfer in the world; Wallace wants to be much more than an afterthought when Ryder Cup 2021 comes around. Sunday will put the Englishman in another class.

3. Spieth and Scott went quietly away

No one likes to foretell doom and gloom, unless they go by the name of Bran Stark. It is someone’s job to predict such things in golf, and the team of S and S shared the cloak of most likely to play above par on Saturday. The Jordan Spieth who gutted out the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay was not present today. The Adam Scott who played through the rain to defeat Angel Cabrera in the 2013 Masters playoff was also unavailable. Bethpage is a big, brawny golf course. With the exception of Lucas Glover in 2009, it rewards big, brawny golfers.

2. Is Bethpage a boring place to play a major championship?

I don’t think so, but I’m not convinced that this was the best set-up for it. If the PGA likes birdies, tell me how they went from 10 billion birdies in the event’s first half, to quite a few less on day three? Something changed, or perhaps the course caught up with the conditions. There is a lot of thick rough out there…why? Increase fairway width by 10%, so that balls that barely miss, have a chance at redemption. Move the tee markers up on number six and make it a drivable par four for at least one round. Do the same on number eighteen, just for one day on the weekend. If Koepka is on his game for day four, anticipate a nice time for a long nap.

1. Will Brooks Koepka seal the deal on Sunday?

All signs point to Yes, and major championship number four, and possibly the blessing of Pope Brandel of Chamblee. However, we did see a few flinches on Saturday, and we would like to mention them here. To begin, his putting distance control was erratic. Did you see that first putt on 17, from 20 feet? The one that went 75% of the way to the hole? Brooks made his share of 5-feet putts today, but if the distance control gets weird tomorrow, and the short putts start spinning out, well then… Another area of concern was driving. He can’t be perfect, but with the big stick in his hands at all times, the big miss might be coming. If BK goes wide right or left and makes a big number, the confidence might be shaken.

All right, I’m searching for a needle in a haystack of straws at which I’m grasping. Got that? It’s a double metaphor, because a double metaphor is what is needed to keep Koepka from holding PGA and US Open trophies for the 2nd consecutive cycle.

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PGA Championship: 5 things we learned Friday

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Don’t worry, we’ll get to him. You have to be patient. Some interesting stuff happened at Bethpage Black on Friday, but doesn’t something always go down in metro?  Some late stumbles ensured that the plus-fours would see the weekend in a competitive fashion. Not talking knickers, mind you, but the guys who shot 72-72. All right then, enough with the musings, on with the 5 things we learned on day five of this week.

5. El Gato Con Rayas won’t be winning the Slam this season

Tiger Woods had history with BPB, doncha know?! Some things have a due date, an “it’s not you, it’s me” moment. 2k19 was that for TDubs and the Black. He fought, mind you. He birdied his 27th hole, but that was followed by 4 boges in 5 holes. He didn’t have his A nor his B game this week, so he didn’t walk away a beaten man. Just as well, as that guy who just wants respect went low again, opening up a 7-stroke lead at the halfway point. So that you know, I’ll take bets on Eldrick bagging either the U.S. or British Open championships. He’s coming out of 2019 with 16 majors, bank on it.

4. Three of your teachers made the cut

There are 3 shields on the leader board, and they will be there until Sunday. Marty Jertson, Rob Labritz and Ryan Vermeer stood tall as Friday dusked. They looked at their loved ones and said, simply, “I can’t believe it; I did it. I made the cut.” No matter what happens over the next two days, this triumvirate might as well be named Vardon, Taylor and Braid. They showed the golfing world that fellows who work a day job in golf, can prepare and perform at the level of the world’s finest touring professionals. Cheers to you, gentlemen.

3. Spieth and Scott are done; Wallace is your man

Despite this prank, or perhaps because of it, Matt Wallace is my pick to overtake Burger King and win the 2019 PGA Championship. If you can hashtag a chip on someone’s shoulder, Wallace has had a massive one since he was snubbed by Thomas Bjorn last fall for the Euro Ryder Cup team. The Englishman made 6 birdies on day two, and shows no signs of stopping. He’ll make 8 birdies on Saturday, mark my words. That should send a signal flare that even BK notices. Oh, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott? They had their day of glory. They’re done.

2. They might be workout bruhs, but…

…enough is enough. DJ was poised to be the schizz until BK said “?Habla usted back-to-back US Open?” He’s now on the cusp of B2BPGA, and that’s something that the golfer currently known as Paulina’s will not stomach. Not with brother Austin in his bag. Not with all of South Carolina pulling for him. Johnson won’t be paired with the leader on Saturday, so he’ll have to make some noise on the first 4 holes to get muscles’ attention. He can do it, but can he sustain it? This weekend, he will.

1. How did this guy get an invite, again?

Just messing with you, B to the K. This guy epitomizes values: goes overseas to meet new people and learn the game the hard way; works his arse off in the gym to get large and fit; shows no fear when faced with adversity and greatness. I can’t promise I never dissed Brooks Koepka in previous pieces, but man, he sends a message. 7 birdies each day. 0 bogies day 1, 2 bogies day 2. If he keeps making buckets of birdies, t’ain’t no one gonna catch him. Here’s to you, Brooks, and whatever choice of swimwear is yours, today. Records? They nice.

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