DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus revealed Sunday through the CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his spouse examined optimistic for the coronavirus on the onset of the pandemic.
Nicklaus and his spouse, Barbara, turned 80 a month aside at the beginning of the yr.
He mentioned his spouse had no COVID-19 signs, whereas Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough. Nicklaus mentioned they had been house in North Palm Seaside, Florida, from March 13 “till we had been achieved with it” on about April 20.
“It didn’t final very lengthy, and we had been very, very lucky, very fortunate,” Nicklaus mentioned. “Barbara and I are each of the age, each of us 80 years previous, that’s an at-risk age. Our hearts exit to the individuals who did lose their lives and their households. We had been simply a few the fortunate ones.”
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The Memorial has no spectators, and Nicklaus sightings have been uncommon this week due to protocols within the PGA Tour’s return to golf amid the pandemic.
Nicklaus shared the information when the Memorial was popping out of a climate delay within the ultimate spherical. The few occasions he has been seen, he was carrying a masks and retaining his distance.
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Tiger Woods, a five-time winner of the Memorial, mentioned he had recognized for a while Nicklaus had examined optimistic.
“The truth that they acquired by it and so they’re protected and right here and wholesome, it’s all excellent news for all of us who’re part of golf and who appeared as much as Jack and (have) been round Barbara all these years,” Woods mentioned.
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Nicklaus had a distant press convention on Tuesday and mentioned he would shake the hand of whoever wins the Memorial, a convention on the event he created.
“In the event that they don’t need to shake my hand, that’s advantageous, I’ll give them a fist bump or an elbow bump, however I’m not going to present them COVID-19, in order that’s … I wouldn’t put anyone in that place,” he mentioned Tuesday.
He mentioned once more on CBS that he’ll shake palms if the winner desires to, however he could be advantageous if the winner doesn’t.
“We’ve acquired the antibodies, and theoretically we will’t get it and may’t give it,” he mentioned. “That’s a pleasant place to be in.”
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, in a June 30 replace, mentioned it doesn’t know if individuals who recuperate from COVID-19 can get contaminated once more. It additionally mentioned even with a optimistic check for antibodies, “you continue to ought to take preventive measures to guard your self and others.”
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