Jack Nicklaus has revealed he and his wife have recovered from coronavirus after testing positive back in March.
The 18-time major winner and his wife, Barbara, both turned 80 earlier this year and are considered in the at-risk group for the virus given their age.
Nicklaus said he suffered from a sore throat and cough while his wife was asymptomatic, with the two remaining in their Florida home for over a month as they battled the illness.
Both have since tested negative for the virus and positive for antibodies.
“It didn’t last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky,” Nicklaus said during CBS’ coverage of the Memorial Tournament.
“Barbara and I are both of the age, both of us 80 years old, that is an at-risk age.
“Our hearts go out to the people who did lose their lives and their families. We were just a couple of the lucky ones.”
Nicklaus was in attendance for Sunday’s final round at the Memorial Tournament, which is played at the Muirfield course in Ohio he designed.
The winner traditionally shakes hands with Nicklaus, but Jon Rahm instead settled for a fist bump.
“I’ve been dreaming of that handshake many times,” Rahm said.
“Well, it was a fist bump because of the situation, but still, how many people can say they got a congratulatory fist bump from Jack Nicklaus?”
Tiger Woods, a five-time winner at the Memorial Tournament, added: “The fact that they got through it and they’re safe and here and healthy, it’s 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.”
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