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“Bloody nightmare”- ESPN’s Sage Steele covered in blood after Jon Rahm shot at PGA Championship

Sage Steele covered in blood after errant shot by John Rahm at PGA Championship

Sage Steele and John Rahm

ESPN’s anchor Sage Steele is recovering after being hit in the face by an errant tee shot by Spanish golfer Jon Rahm at the PGA Championship on Thursday at the Southern Hills Country club, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Golf writer Geoff Shackelford described the incident, recounting an eyewitness, who said that they saw her ‘covered in blood’. Another source said that he was able to walk away by herself and receive medical attention.

Another eyewitness said that they saw her ‘on the ground, holding her nose, mouth or chin area’. Shackelford saw Rahm’s shot, which travelled at 281 yards, go awry. “I was standing behind the tee when Rahm hit a hard hook into the left trees. He immediately yelled ‘Fore Left’ and aggressively waved his arm pointing left”. Rahm’s shot ended up in the centre of the fairway.

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“The impact must have been brutal”

Jon Rahm

Given the speed at which the ball was flying, Shackelford said, “The impact must have been brutal”. Steele had been covering the tournament at Southern Hills, Tulsa for ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’. She had finished the day’s work and was watching the tournament from the gallery for media and press when she was hit. She was hospitalized after being struck by the ball.

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There has been no indication that Rahm or his caddie realized what happened in real-time. The shot went so off the fairway, that he called it fore left and was not picked up by the media as well. The ESPN broadcast also did not make any mention of Rham’s ball smashing Steele in the face. The only media coverage of this incident has been on Twitter, where people have been covering the tournament.

News sources have reported that Steele travelled back to her home in Connecticut and will not cover the rest of the PGA Championship for ESPN. Steele, 49, has been working for ESPN since 2007. She has had a prestigious career, hosting the NBA Finals, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, College Football National Championship, The Super Bowl and the Masters.

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