A TRANENT woman was struck on the head by a wayward golf shot by a Ryder Cup-winning hero at a top tournament near St Andrews.

Christine Riding was attending the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday when she was struck by a tee shot from defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team.

The incident happened on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns Links on the first day of the tournament.

She was treated on the course by paramedics before being take to an on-site medical centre.

“It’s probably one of the worst feelings I’ve had on a golf course,” said Hatton.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever hit someone. So I was pretty devastated, to be honest.

“I was getting updates when I was out on the golf course because I wanted to know how she was doing and then when I finished my first nine holes I got told she was okay and that there were no concerns.

“She was going to hospital just to have a couple of stitches but there were no concerns from a medical point of view which is good news but, at the same time, I’m just devastated that I’ve hit her.

“I was also thinking of what happened with Brooks (Koepka) last week at the Ryder Cup as it’s just unfortunate. It’s just that we’re going to hit some bad shots."

He added: "All we can do as players is shout ‘fore’. We can’t do anything other than that.”

The incident comes just days after an Egyptian woman lost sight in her right eye after being hit by a wayward drive from the USA's Brooks Koepka during the Ryder Cup in Paris.