PICTURES | Brooks Koepka injures fan with errant tee shot at Ryder Cup

US golfer Brooks Koepka (R) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
US golfer Brooks Koepka (R) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
Image: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

American Brooks Koepka left a spectator bloodied and taken to hospital during the opening session of the Ryder Cup on Friday after an errant tee shot struck her in the face.

The three-time major champion, playing in the first match of the competition, sent his drive on the short par-four sixth hole flying into the galleries.

The ball hit a woman just above the eye, leaving her needing medical treatment, with Koepka also visibly shaken after checking on her wellbeing.

She was taken to hospital as a precaution, but did not suffer serious injury, according to a European Tour spokesman.

Koepka's playing partner Tony Finau chipped in from the rough for eagle seconds later, but the United States duo quickly fell a hole down to Europe's Justin Rose and Jon Rahm in their fourball match.

US golfer Brooks Koepka (R) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
US golfer Brooks Koepka (R) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
Image: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Nearly 190,000 fans are expected to flock to Le Golf National over the three days of competitive play for the first edition of the event to be staged in France, with every fairway lined by hundreds of spectators on Friday.

US golfer Brooks Koepka (C) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
US golfer Brooks Koepka (C) reacts next to an injured spectator who fell during the fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 28, 2018.
Image: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

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