A female fan laughed off a nasty ball strike to the forehead yesterday at the Dunhill Links Championship.

Tyrrell Hatton, who hit the shot, said he was “devastated” after the incident, which again highlighted the issue of spectator safety at golf events after French lady Corrine Remand was left blind in one eye after being struck at the Ryder Cup.

Two ladies hit by golf balls in two weeks. What can be done to improve spectator safety?

The lady was standing on the left side of the 15th green at Kingsbarns when she was hit on the forehead by Hatton's ball.

She received treatment by first aiders on the course, laughing off the incident, but was then transferred to a local hospital where she received stitches before being discharged.

“It’s probably one of the worst feelings I’ve had on a golf course,” said Hatton after. "It’s the first time I’ve ever hit someone. So I was pretty devastated, to be honest. I was getting updates when I was out on the golf course, because I wanted to know how she was doing."
“When I finished my first nine holes, I got told that she was going to hospital to have a couple of stitches but there were no concerns from a medical point of view, which is obviously good news. But, at the same time, I’m just devastated that I’ve hit her. I will keep in touch and get regular updates.”

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