Steele was covering the first round of the PGA Championship Tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday (May 19) when Rahm hit a golf ball that hooked left, zipping through the trees. Attendees said the golfer immediately yelled, "Fore left!" but it struck Steele in the face, sending her to the hospital.
"I just want to thank everyone for your concern and prayers during the last couple of days," Steele said in a statement on Saturday (May 21). "From the doctors, nurses, and EMTs at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, to my doctor and dentist here in Connecticut, and my co-workers at ESPN, I am so grateful."
Steele's statement continued, revealing when she expects to get back to work: "With the help of my team, I hope to recover quickly for my three kids, and get back to work. Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon."
Golf writer Geoff Shackleford witnessed Steele get hit and described the gruesome scene, including that he saw Steele covering her face with blood all over her hands.
"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," Shackleford recalled, per The New York Post. "The impact must have been brutal: Rahm's tee shot ended up in the center of the fairway."
Steele was watching the tournament from a tent set aside for other credentialed members of the member when she got hit, Shackleford said.