ESPN anchor Sage Steele returned to work on Wednesday lower than three weeks after she was struck within the face by a golf ball — and he or she stated on-air that she felt lucky to nonetheless be alive.
Steele was hit on the PGA Championship on Could 19 by an errant Jon Rahm drive … and he or she defined throughout an episode of “SportsCenter” on Wednesday morning that she feared for her life after influence.
Sage Steele apparently received hit arduous with a golf ball from a Jon Rahm tee shot at PGA Championship pic.twitter.com/YEUMOLOuIK
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“One second you are out on a course simply innocently watching wonderful golfers play out at a golf main,” Steele stated. “Subsequent second, you are on the bottom. You are in ache together with your total life flashing earlier than your eyes, scared to dying, making an attempt to understand what the hell simply occurred.”
Wednesday, @sagesteele returned to the Midday ET version of @SportsCenter – for the primary time since she was struck within the face by a golf ball on Could 19 on the PGA Championship
She expressed gratitude for the assist she acquired after the accident pic.twitter.com/wMVViXUWPA
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Steele thanked God on the present, and stated that she appears like “the luckiest particular person on the planet to nonetheless be right here and be standing after that.”
The 49-year-old additionally thanked her co-host, Matt Barrie, for all that he did out on the occasion and on the hospital to maintain her calm.
Steele suffered undisclosed mouth accidents within the incident — and shared a photograph displaying the golf ball triggered her to bleed profusely.
She stated she’s spent numerous hours together with her dentist in wake of all of it, and added there’s nonetheless extra work to be performed on the street to restoration.
Barrie, in the meantime, counseled his co-host for her energy, saying, “I will say this and I’ve stated this earlier than, you took that like a champ. Most individuals would’ve handed out.”