Jon Rahm hit a tee shot in the middle of this PGA Championship match, piercing Sage Steele’s left eye. The ESPN Commentator was taken to the hospital before being released hours later with stitches and a prescription for painkillers.

The “pga 2021” is a headline that ESPN’s Sage Steele was involved in an accident. The incident occurred at the PGA Championship and sent her to the hospital.

Golf isn’t meant to be a contact sport, but it doesn’t rule out the possibility of injury. On Thursday, during the opening round of the PGA Championship, a fan who many ESPN watchers would remember quickly learned this the hard way.

Sage Steele is injured by Jon Rahm’s wayward tee shot at the PGA Championship.

Sage Steele talks at the Bullseye Event Group's Players Tailgate on February 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Bullseye Event Group/Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Sage Steele talks at the Bullseye Event Group's Players Tailgate on February 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Bullseye Event Group/Jesse Grant/Getty Images Sage Steele talks at the Bullseye Event Group’s Players Tailgate on February 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Bullseye Event Group/Jesse Grant/Getty Images

During the first round of the PGA Championship, PGA Tour golfer Jon Rahm smacked Sage Steele in the face with a hooked ball on the third tee, sending the ESPN personality to the hospital.

Steele was at Southern Hills Country Club to cover the second of the season’s four major golf tournaments for SportsCenter. When Rahm hit his tee shot, she was to the left of the fairway, and he immediately issued a caution to fans on that side of the course.

The ball hit Steele, 49, in the face, sending her to the ground “holding her nose, mouth, or chin region” and her hands “soaked in blood,” according to golf writer Geoff Shackelford, who detailed an eyewitness report. According to the New York Post, she walked off the course on her own. The ball went 281 yards at 181 mph, according to tracking software.

Steele’s face was supposedly struck with such power that the ball flew far into the fairway of the 459-yard par-4 hole.

Jon Rahm was unaware that his shot had wounded the ESPN celebrity at the time.

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There was no evidence that Jon Rahm, the incumbent U.S. Open winner and an eighth-place finisher at the 2021 PGA Championship, was immediately aware that his ball had touched Sage Steele, according to observers on the course, and the ESPN coverage did not highlight it.

On his way to a three-over 73 for the day, Rahm parred the third hole, birdied the fifth, and double-bogeyed the eighth. In the second round on Friday, he shot a 69.

Steele has gone home to Connecticut after being treated, according to the Post, and will not be seen on ESPN this weekend.

Steele joined the network in 2007 and has since been a regular on SportsCenter, as well as managing onsite coverage of key events such as the Masters Tournament and major team sports championships.

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Sage Steele is in the middle of a legal dispute with ESPN, despite the fact that she is still on the air with the cable network. According to sources, she filed a complaint in April, claiming retribution over remarks she made on a podcast in September 2021 regarding ESPN’s vaccination policy. Steele claims that her contract and right to free expression have been violated.

ESPN maintains that the reporter and SportsCenter anchor were not suspended, which is a point of dispute in the lawsuit. Steele claims that ESPN deprived her of crucial duties and refused to sanction coworkers who bullied and harassed her, according to the report.

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