Hatton in contention despite hitting spectator on head

Tanya Simon
October 7, 2018

Two-time defending champion Tyrrell Hatton and US Open victor Brooks Koepka, also playing at Kingsbarns, were a further shot down at two-under while fellow Ryder Cup player Tommy Fleetwood was one-under.

In this latest unfortunate occurrence, the spectator was left with a nasty wound on her forehead after being hit by a wayward tee shot from Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, victor of the pro-am event for the last two years, on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns.

She was pictured bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a tee shot from Tyrrell Hatton on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses staging the Dunhill Links.

Hatton said: "It's probably one of the worst feelings I've had on a golf course".

It comes less than a week after a woman suffered a serious eye injury after being struck by a wayward tee shot from American Brooks Koepka during the opening session of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

She was able to walk to a buggy before being taken to the course's medical centre. 11 and 13, but he eagled the 16th and made four birdies on his back nine.

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Starting on the 10th at Kingsbarns, the round of Swindon's David Howell got off to an inauspicious start as he double-bogeyed his opener.

Marcus Fraser of Australia and Matt Wallace of England shot 68s in high winds at Carnoustie and St. Andrews, respectively.

Fraser told Sky Sports afterward: "It's brutal out there". I was getting updates when I was out on the golf course, because I wanted to know how she was doing.

"Then I was told the news and obviously I am really heartbroken".

The player, a member of Europe's victorious team at last week's Ryder Cup in Paris, worriedly looked on as the woman was treated by medical staff. Tony Finau, who beat Fleetwood in the singles in the Ryder Cup on Sunday, carded a 73 at the same venue.

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