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Just one day after being released to recuperate at home, golf legend Greg Norman is back in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

The two-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer took to social media to provide fans with an update on his condition. 

Norman said that he expected to be released from Palm Beach Gardens Medical Centre in Florida after receiving an infusion of the Bamlanivimab antibody, insisting he was on “the path to full recovery”. 

The 65-year-old, who spent Christmas Day in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the disease, also made a heartfelt plea to skeptics to start taking the virus more seriously.

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Directly addressing “those doubters out there” on Instagram, Norman wrote: “Do not judge or cast unwarranted comments and opinions. I would not anyone, even you, to experience this hideous virus. So I ask, do what is right, not just for you, but your family friends co-workers and other people around. 

“I am luckier than most and for that I am thankful and blessed.”

Expanding upon his own experiences of the deadly virus, the Australian added: “I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain but this virus kicked the crap out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before. 

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“Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head, scrapping little bits off each time. Fever, muscles that just did not want to work, like yesterday walking my dog Apollo. My quads and hip flexors just did not want to work due to fatigue. 

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“Then my taste failed where beer tastes bad and wine the same. And finally at times struggling with memory of names and things. Then there is irritation. So please take care.”

Norman also thanked medical staff and scientists for their work in tackling the virus.

“We need to great our world back in healthy harmony so we can get healthy economically and prosperously with millions and millions people getting their lives back. God bless those infected and who may fall unwittingly to this virus. My prayers and thoughts go out to you all.” 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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