TV host left ‘covered in blood’ after being hit by tee shot at PGA Championships

ESPN sports anchor Sage Steele is recovering from a nasty injury having been struck in the face by a wayward tee shot from former world number one Jon Rahm at the PGA Championship – having initially been sent to hospital for treatment.

Steele was left clutching her face after being hit below the trees at the famous Oklahoma course, with onlookers saying that she was covered in blood around her mouth and chin.

In a positive update, the 49-year-old walked away from the area without needing assistance, having been struck by the 291km/h drive which had traveled 256 meters through the air.

Golf writer Geoff Shackelford told the New York Post: "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.

"The impact must have been brutal: Rahm’s tee shot ended up in the centre of the fairway.”

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Steele had been covering the event for ESPN’s SportsCenter, and had concluded her work for the day before hanging around to watch the golfers as a fan.

NY Post report that Steele has since headed back home to Connecticut, and will not be playing a part in the coverage this weekend, having initially been sent to hospital.

On the broadcast is was not clear whether Rahm or his caddie had seen what happened in the crowd, with the ball ending up on the fairway despite the poor shot.

Steele joined EPSN back in 2007 and has hosted NBA Finals and the Super Bowl as well as golf majors.

Another incident that has taken place at the ongoing PGA Championship involved a hit to the head, with Aaron Wise being struck from a wayward drive.

The US golfer was incidentally struck by the ball of Australia's Cameron Smith while walking down the fairway of the seventh hole.

He crouched down after being hit and received some treatment before going on to complete the final few holes of his second round outing.

He said: "There was a little bit of ringing in my head, and I was down on the fairway. That lasted for about 20 seconds. Then I felt pretty normal after that."

Will Zalatoris is leading going into Saturday at the PGA Championship, with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tied fifth.

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