Brooks Koepka said he was “all messed up inside” to learn a woman lost her eyesight in one eye when she was struck by his errant shot during Ryder Cup play.
In wide-ranging comments to reporters Wednesday at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, Koepka also denied he fought with Ryder Cup teammate Dustin Johnson during festivities after the match.
Koepka, 28, learned that 49-year-old spectator Corine Remande lost the sight in her right eye. His drive Friday on the sixth hole at Le Golf National near Paris hit her in the face. He spoke to her at the time of the incident and said he is trying to contact her.
“It’s a tragic accident, I’m heartbroken. It will definitely be the one shot I regret in my career,” he said, adding Tuesday was “one of the worst days of my life” when he learned her diagnosis.
“I’m torn up about it. She’s not going to be able to see out of her eye again and I hit the golf ball. It’s upsetting.”
Koepka also was upset to learn of reports that he and Johnson fought at a Ryder Cup after party.
“This Dustin thing, I just don’t get,” Koepka said Wednesday to reporters at the Dunhill Links Championship. “There was no fight, no argument. He’s one of my best friends. I love the kid to death. We talked on the phone Monday and yesterday, so you tell me how we fought.”
Koepka, a three-time majors winner, and Johnson partnered in Saturday afternoon play at the Ryder Cup, losing to Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, 2&1.
“As far as camaraderie, it was fine, it was perfect,” Koepka said. “The problem is you guys (the media) try to find a reason why we lost and the simple reason is we just didn’t play good enough.”