ESPN anchor Sage Steele is recovering after being struck in the face by an errant tee shot by Jon Rahm on the third hole of the PGA Championship on Thursday.
Golf writer Geoff Shackelford described an account from an eyewitness who “saw her on the ground, holding her nose, mouth or chin area,” with her hands “covered in blood.” A source told The Post she walked off under her own power.
Shackelford saw the Rahm shot — which traveled 281 yards at 181 mph, per the ESPN broadcast — 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,” he wrote. “The impact must have been brutal: Rahm’s tee shot ended up in the center of the fairway.”
Steele was covering the major at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., for ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” She had concluded her work on the program for the day and was watching the tournament from the gallery of credentialed media. She was hospitalized after being struck with the ball.
There was no indication Rahm or his caddie realized what happened in real-time. The shot went so far off the fairway, it was not picked up by TV camera. The ESPN broadcast did not make any mention of Rahm’s drive hitting Steele. At least one social media account indicated that it was mentioned on SiriusXM’s coverage of the tournament.