ESPN's Sage hit in face at PGA Championship

ESPN anchor Sage Steele is recovering after being struck in the face by an errant tee shot by Jon Rahm at PGA Championship

 “saw her on the ground, holding her nose, mouth or chin area,” with her hands “covered in blood.” A source told

Rahm shot — which traveled 281 yards at 181 mph, per the ESPN broadcast — go awry.

The impact must have been brutal: Rahm’s tee shot ended up in the center of the fairway.”

Steele was covering the major at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., for ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” 

She had concluded her work on the program for the day and was watching the tournament from the gallery of credentialed media.

There was no indication Rahm or his caddie realized what happened in real-time. The shot went so far off the fairway, it was not picked up by TV camera

Steele has traveled home to Connecticut and will not be back on ESPN’s coverage of the tournament this weekend.

Steele, 49, has been with ESPN since 2007

She has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee, NBA Finals and “SportsCenter” coverage from the sites of the Super Bowl, World Series