Jack Nicklaus says he tested positive for coronavirus and antibodies

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DUBLIN, OHIO – Jack Nicklaus revealed during the Memorial television broadcast by CBS on Sunday that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, turned 80 one month apart earlier this year.

He said his wife had no symptoms of COVID-19, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and cough. Nicklaus said they were at their home in North Palm Beach, Fla. From March 13 “until we’re done with” on April 20.

“It didn’t last very long, and we were very, very lucky, very lucky,” said Nicklaus. “Barbara and I are both 80 years old, which is an age at risk. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives and to their families. We were just a few of the lucky ones. ”

The Memorial has no spectators and Nicklaus’ sightings have been sparse this week due to the PGA Tour’s return to golf protocols in the midst of the pandemic.

Nicklaus shared the news when the Memorial came out of a weather delay in the final round. The few times he was seen, he wore a mask and kept his distance.

Five-time Memorial winner Tiger Woods said he had known Nicklaus to be positive for some time.

“The fact that they survived and are safe here and healthy is great news for all of us who are in golf and admire Jack and (have) been around Barbara all these years, ”Woods said.

Nicklaus had a remote press conference on Tuesday and said he would shake hands with whoever wins the Memorial, a tradition in the tournament he created.

“If they don’t want to shake my hand, that’s fine, I’m going to punch them or nudge them, but I’m not going to give them COVID-19, so that’s … I won’t.” put anyone in this position, “he said Tuesday.

He again said on CBS that he would shake hands if the winner wanted it, but he would be fine if the winner didn’t.

“We have the antibodies, and theoretically we can’t get them and can’t give them,” he said. “It’s a good position. ”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a June 30 update, said they were unsure whether people recovering from COVID-19 could be infected again. He also said that even with a positive test for antibodies, “you still need to take preventative measures to protect yourself and others. “

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