Nicklaus says he examined constructive for coronavirus, antibodies

DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus revealed Sunday throughout the CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his spouse examined constructive for the coronavirus on the onset of the pandemic.

Nicklaus and his spouse, Barbara, turned 80 a month aside at first 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 residence in North Palm Seashore, Florida, from March 13 “till we had been accomplished with it” on about April 20.

“It did not 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.”

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 remaining spherical. The few instances he has been seen, he was carrying a masks and retaining his distance.

Tiger Woods, a five-time winner of the Memorial, mentioned he had recognized for a while Nicklaus had examined constructive.

“The truth that they acquired by way of it they usually’re secure and right here and wholesome, it is all excellent news for all of us who’re part of golf and who seemed as much as Jack and (have) been round Barbara all these years,” Woods mentioned.

Nicklaus had a distant press convention on Tuesday and mentioned he would shake the hand of whoever wins the Memorial, a practice on the event he created.

“If they do not wish to shake my hand, that is advantageous, I am going to give them a fist bump or an elbow bump, however I am not going to provide them COVID-19, in order that’s … I would not put anyone in that place,” he mentioned Tuesday.

He mentioned once more on CBS that he’ll shake fingers if the winner needs to, however he can be advantageous if the winner does not.

“We have got the antibodies, and theoretically we will not get it and may’t give it,” he ssaid. “That is 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 get better from COVID-19 can get contaminated once more. It additionally mentioned even with a constructive check for antibodies, “you continue to ought to take preventive measures to guard your self and others.”

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