Jack Nicklaus says he tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year

Paola Ditto
Luglio 20, 2020

Jack Nicklaus, the 18-time golf major victor, said on Sunday that he was ill with COVID-19 earlier this year and his wife Barbara had also tested positive for the coronavirus.

At 80 years old, Nicklaus is in the higher risk category for being seriously ill with the disease, which has killed more than 140,000 people in the United States.

"Barbara was asymptomatic, (while) I had a sore throat and a cough", Nicklaus told Jim Nantz.

"We were home from the 13th of March until we were done with it by about the 20th of April".

"It didn't last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky", Nicklaus said.

"Back in mid-March, Barbara and I both contracted coronavirus", Nicklaus told CBS.

"We were just a couple of the lucky ones, so we feel very strongly about trying to work with the people that are working with those that are taking care of those who have Covid-19".

Nicklaus said ahead of the event that the traditional handshake could still happen, despite the PGA Tour's health and safety plan now prohibiting it, but the tournament host confirmed there will be no pressure for the victor to do so.

Nicklaus said that he had tested positive four times and his wife Barbara three.

"The fact that they got through it and they're safe and here and healthy, its all good news for all of us who are a part of golf and who looked up to Jack and [have] been around Barbara all these years", Woods said.

"They asked me if I was going to shake hands on the 18th green with the victor. [But] I won't put him in the position", Nicklaus said.

He said on Sunday that he was still willing to shake hands but would leave it up to the victor to decide.

"So we'll have to see what he wants to do", said Nicklaus. "That's a nice position to be in".

The World Health Organization, however, posts on its website that "there is now no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection". It also said even with a positive test for antibodies, "you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others".

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