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Veteran golfer Jack Nicklas revealed on Sunday that he and his wife Barbara had detected COVID-19 in March, but only mild symptoms.
“We were very lucky,” he said, according to Scott Rabalais The advocate.
Niklas specified that Barbara was asymptomatic while the two were one. Sore throat and a cough that “didn’t last very long” (h / t Ryan Lavner Of Golf Channel). He and his wife turned 80 this year.
In March, Niklas shared the message on social media, urging people to take coronovirus seriously and praise the precautions taken by the PGA Tour at the time:
Jack nicklaus @jacknicklaus
My friends, please be safe, be smart and be healthy. https://t.co/LrPD7gRCY0
Rick scott @SenRickScott
My friend @jacknicklaus wanted to share an important message: We need to be smart, be safe, be careful where we go. Do not take a chance. Our seniors are the most vulnerable populations, but youngsters can become infected and spread the virus. #CoronaVirusUpdates https://t.co/gcrV6rNtRQ
Earlier this week, however, Nicklas said he hopes to continue the tradition of shaking the hand of the winner of this weekend’s Memorial Tournament, even ESPN’s coronovirus epidemic (H / T Bob Harig) Even between:
“I’m going to shake their hand. I’m going to walk from there and shake my hand. If they don’t want to shake my head, that’s fine. I’ll hit them with a fist or elbow, but I’ll give them COVID. -19 am not going to give, so that I will not put anyone in that position. I will not do it, and if I was in danger of doing so, I would not move their hands.
“And coincidentally, I also like to shake their hand. I think it’s a great tradition, but it was as much fun for me as I hope it is for them.”
On Sunday, Nicklas said CBS Broadcast During a season delay that “if the winner wants to join hands which is fine, [but] I would not put him in that position. “
Nicklaus established the tournament, the course was played at Muirfield Village Golf Club and won it twice. The handshake had become a staple tradition of the event after Sunday’s final hole, although the circumstances of the coronovirus epidemic questioned the wisdom of continuing it this year.