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DeChambeau's first drive of the day hit a female fan close to the green - SHUTTERSTOCK

DeChambeau’s first drive of the day hit a female fan close to the green – SHUTTERSTOCK

Bryson DeChambeau’s first action in the Ryder Cup saw the American’s drive hit a female spectator on the ankle close to the first green.

The world No.7 was left out of the morning’s foursomes and had to wait until the afternoon’s fourballs got under way before hitting a shot. And on the first, paired with Scottie Scheffler, he made an immediate impact, unfortunately for the spectator it was with her legs as DeChambeau looked to drive the green on the opening hole.

The big-hitting American has been accused on numerous occasions of not shouting ‘fore’ and the packed crowd on the grass bank were seemingly unaware the ball was travelling in their direction with the woman in question appearing surprised when she was struck.

DeChambeau subsequently hacked out and holed his putt for a half with Tyrrell Hatton already in close.

It took over 45 minutes for either side to make a mark on the afternoon’s fourballs leaderboard with Xander Schauffele’s birdie at the third putting him and Dustin Johnson ahead against Paul Casey and Bernd Wiesberger.

That was followed quickly by a Justin Thomas birdie in the final match at the first as they went one-up against Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland.