Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau were able to eek out a point during Friday’s morning fourball session, but after the match ended, Koepka’s thoughts were back with a fan he struck with a wayward drive on the par-4 5th hole.
Koepka hit a snapping hook that headed toward the gallery on the left side of the hole, striking a female fan right above the eye.
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When Koepka found out that he hit a spectator, he went over to check on the woman.
“I obviously saw her,” Koepka said. “It looked like it hurt. She was bleeding pretty good. It looked like it hit her right in the eye, so hopefully there’s no loss of vision or anything like that.
“It’s not a fun feeling. I probably do it way more than I should. It seems just about every week we’re hitting somebody. It’s unfortunate. You’re never trying to.
It doesn’t feel good, it really doesn’t. You feel terrible for them. You know exactly how they are feeling, especially when you’ve got to go over there and apologize, because they are in pain, usually bleeding, and then to hit her in the face is not — you don’t want to hit anybody in the face, especially not a woman, and it’s not a good feeling.”
The European Tour later confirmed in a statement that the fan did not suffer serious injuries or loss of vision.